Bonita Springs, FL –The lovely lady to the left, 38-year-old Melissa Graham, was arrested Wednesday evening after police accused her of skipping out on a restaurant bill, leaving her 12-year-old daughter behind, and later calling the police to report the kid had been kidnapped.
According to the woman’s kid, after consuming a few glasses of wine at the Bonefish Grill that evening, Graham started acting a little weird. The girl told police Graham spit her bread out all over the table, shoved her food across the table, telling the kid to “get a box” before exiting the restaurant, leaving the 12-year-old sitting there.
A short time later, the girl and the restaurant manager went outside and found Graham sitting in her car. The manager told Graham she needed to pay up. Unable to convince the manager she had left a credit card on the table, Graham reportedly insisted the other person they were dining with agreed to pay the bill, but the only other person there was the kid. Flustered, the nucking fut drove away, leaving her daughter standing in the parking lot.
Moments later, police say Graham called her daughter’s cell phone and asked the child where she was before abruptly disconnecting the call. Deputies tried to call Graham back, but she didn’t answer. The kid was then taken to a sheriff’s substation until her mother could be found.
About an hour later, Graham called 911 to report that she and her daughter had some sort of argument at the restaurant and decided to leave. Once outside, the child was snatched from the parking lot by a couple of Hispanic or dark-colored men, about 20 to 30 years old, driving a light colored or cream sedan. Investigators met with Graham at her home and she later signed a sworn affidavit about the “abduction.” She was then outfitted with a shiny new set of bracelets.
The crazy lady is now looking at charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor/causing a minor to become needy and with obstruction of a criminal investigation/filing a false report about a missing person. The 12-year-old was turned over to DCF.