Police: Greenville, SC teacher turned herself in after biting child

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Melanie Johnson. (Greenville Police Department)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - Police say Melanie Johnson turned herself over to authorities on Sunday, after she had bitten a child at Sky Zone Trampoline Park on Saturday.

A Greenville Police officer spoke with a woman and her son involved in the incident. The mother said her son was playing keep away with another child's hat at the park. The mother told police Johnson came up to the boy, grabbed his left arm and bit him while saying, "Let go of his hat."

The officer reports there was a visible bite mark on the child's arm.

Police say Johnson was neither intoxicated nor on drugs at the time. The officer was able to verify the incident after he visited Sky Zone and observed security footage of the incident.

Johnson's arrest is one of two in South Carolina over the weekend in which mothers are accused of acting to get retribution for their children. Police in North Charleston say a mother was arrested after getting on a school bus and ordering children to "box."

Johnson has been charged with assault and battery. She is an elementary school teacher in Pickens County and has been placed on administrative leave, according to a school district spokesman.