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Child 'did not want to live anymore' after mother used stun gun over botched oatmeal

Melissa Neale 06-14-13
Melissa Neale 06-14-13
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Updated: 6/15/2013 9:39 am

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- An Orange County mother jailed after she allegedly struck her child with a stun gun over a botched breakfast posted bond Friday.

Deputies are not identifying the gender of the child, but they said 34-year-old Melissa Neale was upset after the child did not make oatmeal correctly.

Investigators said Neale went to her purse, grabbed her stun gun, chased the child around the kitchen and then held the child down and shocked the child on the leg.

Authorities said the attack was witnessed by a woman who Neale was staying with, who later found a note in the child's dresser in which the child expressed the feeling of not wanting to live anymore.

The witness said she was so disturbed by what she saw that she decided to contact the sheriff's office.

The witness also said she saw Neale drag the kid around by the hair, use kitchen spoons to hit the child and punched the child in the back of the head.

Neale works at Orlando Health and Rehabilitation Center, which is where deputies arrested her.

The Department of Children and Families said the child is currently in the care of other family members.

Neale's bond was set at $2,500.

Neale claimed the stun gun wasn't on.

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