Skycrest Elementary teacher appears in court on child abuse - WFLA News Channel 8

Skycrest Elementary teacher appears in court on child abuse charges

Posted: Updated:
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

Today in her first appearance in court, a Pinellas county judge kept Melanie Jo Fox's bond at $20,000.

Fox is a special needs teacher at Skycrest Elementary School. On Thursday, Fox was arrested for allegedly hitting and kicking a special needs girl. In a separate alleged incident, Fox is accused of tying the hands of an 8-year-old special need boy with a rubber band.

In court, a family friend of Fox, Catherine Baggett, spoke to the judge to defend her.

Baggett said, "She's a good person, a good advocate for special needs students."

Baggett has a child who was taught by Fox, and through tears she told the judge how much Fox has meant to her daughter's life.

Fox made a statement herself to the judge, saying: "I've never been in trouble. These are strictly allegations."

In addition to the $20,000 bond, the judge restricted Fox from having contact with minors.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Bombshell testimony in McTear trial

    Bombshell testimony in McTear trial

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:49:58 GMT
    More bombshell game-changers in Richard McTear trial Friday left some wondering - Is the baby’s mother trying to sabotage the case?
    More bombshell game-changers in Richard McTear trial Friday left some wondering - Is the baby’s mother trying to sabotage the case?
  • Manatee massage therapist to plea in groping incident

    Manatee massage therapist to plea in groping incident

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:35:49 GMT
    Kevin Holmes Kevin Holmes
    Kevin Holmes knew the nearly naked woman on his massage table last March was an off-duty detective.
    Kevin Holmes knew the nearly naked woman on his massage table last March was an off-duty detective.
  • Lt. Gov. says Scott has 'huge heart'

    Lt. Gov. says Scott has 'huge heart'

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:17:52 GMT
    Now campaigning to keep the job he started a little more than six months ago, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he doesn’t feel pressure to deliver Florida's Hispanic vote in the upcoming election.
    Now campaigning to keep the job he started a little more than six months ago, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he doesn’t feel pressure to deliver Florida's Hispanic vote in the upcoming election.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:56:27 GMT
    YouTube imageYouTube image
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
  • 'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:37:35 GMT
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Photo of cat at gunpoint on Facebook sparks investigation

    Photo of cat at gunpoint on Facebook sparks investigation

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:00:28 GMT
    Animal Control officers are investigating a post that sparked outrage on Facebook - it was a picture of a man holding a cat by its scruff and pointing a gun at it, NBC-2 reported.
    Animal Control officers are investigating a post that sparked outrage on Facebook - it was a picture of a man holding a cat by its scruff and pointing a gun at it, NBC-2 reported.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.