Mother in Miami airport hurls computer at American Airlines worker after losing kids: 'Went into a panic mode'

Alabama woman Camilia McMillie, who was traveling to NYC, caused over $10,000 in damages, police say

An Alabama mother has been arrested at Miami International Airport after being caught on video throwing a computer monitor at an American Airlines gate attendant during an altercation police said left the employee "battered." 

Camilia McMillie, 25, is now facing charges of aggravated battery, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following the incident that unfolded Tuesday after she lost track of her children, investigators said. 

"She went into a panic mode," a witness told WSVN. "That’s what happened." 

The Miami-Dade Police Department said McMillie, of Birmingham, was traveling to New York City and checked into her flight at gate D-39 after being rebooked for missing her previous flight.  

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Miami-Dade County Police said the incident involving Camilia McMillie "resulted in a gate agent battered." (@onlyindade/Twitter | Miami-Dade County Corrections / Fox News)

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A woman in Miami International Airport was arrested and accused of assaulting an American Airlines employee Tuesday. (@onlyindade/Twitter / Fox News)

"While the subject was with the gate agent, her two minor children walked away without notice to use nearby restrooms," police said in a statement. "Once the subject noticed the children were not with her, she became irate and began to scream, demanding the gate agent to find her children." 

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A woman in Miami International Airport was arrested and accused of assaulting an American Airlines employee Tuesday. (@onlyindade/Twitter / Fox News)

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An American Airlines Boeing 777 sits at a gate at Miami International Airport on Nov. 14, 2022. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Investigators said McMillie then "pulled the boarding pass reader off the wooden counter, damaging the equipment and countertop area" and "as she continued to scream, she then grabbed the computer monitor and threw it at the gate agent, striking her in the shoulder." 

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American Airlines planes parked at their gates at Miami International Airport on Dec. 10, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images / Getty Images)

A video captured by a witness shows the gate attendant — who is wearing festive reindeer antlers — bracing for cover as the monitor is hurled in her direction. Other footage purportedly shows McMillie knocking electronics to the ground. 

A police affidavit obtained by FOX Business said the American Airlines employee suffered a bruise to her right shoulder, while McMillie is believed to have caused over $10,000 in damages.

Police also told FOX Business that the Florida Department of Children and Families is assisting McMillie's children.