CRIME

Woman hit child, sent her to school in T-shirt marked with embarrassing comments, police say

  • This photo provided by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, in Brooksville, Fla., shows the front of a shirt a West Hernando Middle School student arrived at school wearing. A Tampa Bay area woman is facing an abuse charge after authorities say she struck the child multiple times with a belt and sent her to school with comments about her failing grades written on her t-shirt. The writing on the t-shirt was blacked out by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. (AP Photo/Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

    This photo provided by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, in Brooksville, Fla., shows the front of a shirt a West Hernando Middle School student arrived at school wearing. A Tampa Bay area woman is facing an abuse charge after authorities say she struck the child multiple times with a belt and sent her to school with comments about her failing grades written on her t-shirt. The writing on the t-shirt was blacked out by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. (AP Photo/Hernando County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, in Brooksville, Fla., shows the front of a shirt a West Hernando Middle School student arrived at school wearing. A Tampa Bay area woman is facing an abuse charge after authorities say she struck the child multiple times with a belt and sent her to school with comments about her failing grades written on her t-shirt. The writing on the t-shirt was blacked out by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. (AP Photo/Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

    This photo provided by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, in Brooksville, Fla., shows the front of a shirt a West Hernando Middle School student arrived at school wearing. A Tampa Bay area woman is facing an abuse charge after authorities say she struck the child multiple times with a belt and sent her to school with comments about her failing grades written on her t-shirt. The writing on the t-shirt was blacked out by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. (AP Photo/Hernando County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a Florida woman struck a child with a belt and sent her to school in a T-shirt marked with comments about her failing grades.

The woman, 30-year-old Melany Joyce Alexander of the Tampa Bay area, is charged with abuse and cruelty to a child.

Officials say she was arrested last week and released on bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

According to an arrest report, deputies went to West Hernando Middle School on Friday when a student arrived in a white T-shirt with writing referencing her grades and a "good whoopin" from the previous night.

Deputies reported what appeared to be bruises and belt marks on her arms. Authorities say Alexander acknowledged that she struck the child.

Officials didn't disclose the relationship between Alexander and the student.