Mother asking for help to find kids at Miami airport injures airline employee, police say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman who was involved in a violent outburst caught on camera at Miami International Airport, faced a bond court judge on Wednesday.

Camila McMillie was at an American Airlines counter after missing her connecting flight to New York City on Tuesday when she said her two children had vanished at Miami International Airport, according to police.

McMillie, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama, asked American Airlines employees for help with finding her kids, and she became “irate” and then turned “violent,” according to the police report.

Surveillance video shows she took the boarding pass reader off the wooden counter, grabbed a computer monitor from the counter, and threw it at one of the airline’s agents, according to police.

Miami-Dade woman faces judge after being caught on camera attacking airport employees

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer detained McMillie at about 11:30 a.m., at the airport’s North Terminal’s Concourse D and police officers arrested her and took her to jail.

It turns out, McMillie’s two children, ages six and eight, had gone to the restroom without telling her, according to the arrest report.

The American Airlines employee suffered a bruise to her right shoulder area and the airline estimated the property damage at about $10,000, according to police.

American Airlines has since released a statement regarding the incident:

“Acts of violence against our team members are not tolerated by American Airlines and we are committed to working closely with law enforcement in their investigation. Our thoughts are with our team member, and we are ensuring they have the support they need at this time.”

McMilllie is facing charges of aggravated battery, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.

Her bond was set at $4500.

Local 10 News’ Liane Morejon contributed to this story.

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Luis Castro contributed to this report.

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