Woman Accused Of Yanking 5-Year-Old’s Gold Chain

MIAMI – (CBSMiami.com) – A 19-year-old woman appeared before a judge after she was arrested for walking into an elementary school and yanking a gold chain off of a 5-year-old girl.

Thursday morning, Ashley McCloud appeared in a vest reserved for those on suicide watch and was ordered held on $18,000 bond.

Police say the events unfolded on January 18th at 8:30 a.m. when McCloud entered the school at Orchard Villa Elementary, 5720 NW 15th Ave. and claimed to be the aunt of a 5-year-old girl. School officials allowed her inside and that’s when she allegedly took the girl’s chain from her neck.

“Orchard Villa, Dade County Public School and Early Head Start saying it’s not their fault. How could you guys just let someone come and sign in? You guys aren’t asking for ID, no anything,” said the girl’s mother Jermika Gyton. “She could have taken my child from cafeteria to the hallway.  She could have taken my child completely.”

Police say security cameras nearby captured McCloud showing off the chain. McCloud later returned to the chain to the child’s parents, according to the police report.

She now faces three charges: robbery by sudden snatching, trespassing school grounds and battery.

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