GULFPORT — Police arrested a 32-year-old man they said forced a boy to crawl on his hands and knees for several blocks as punishment for losing his shoes.
Irving Millard, of Gulfport, was booked Wednesday afternoon into the Pinellas County Jail on a felony child abuse charge.
Police said Millard forced the child, whose age was redacted from a report, to "bear crawl" on the pavement shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday in 90-degree weather.
"When I made contact with the child he was crying from the pain and sweating profusely," Sgt. Michael Vandenberg wrote in an arrest affidavit. "The child pulled back his hands in pain when officers attempted to clean them with a sanitary wipe."
The boy's hands were visibly swollen and blistered, police said.
The report did not say how Millard knew the child. Millard does not have any previous arrests in Florida, records show. He remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $10,000.