MADEIRA BEACH — Deputies arrested a 44-year-old man on aggravated child abuse charges Tuesday evening after he threw a teen boy to the ground for mouthing off to his son, officials said.
Michael Wayne Anderson, 44, of Largo was with his 12-year-old son at the basketball courts near Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive, just before 8:15 p.m. Tuesday when a 16-year-old boy began to pick on the boy, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. David DiSano.
According to an arrest report, Anderson told the teen if he had something to say, to say it to him instead. Then he pushed the boy to the ground, causing what deputies said was a sprained elbow.
"He took it a little too far," DiSano said. "Okay, a lot too far."
Anderson's 12-year-old son was also arrested after getting into a pushing match with the teen and threatening him with a baseball bat, DiSano said.
The teen, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital after the attack, officials said.
The senior Anderson remains in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.
This incident is the second in recent weeks in which a parent attacked a teenager in defense of a child.
On May 28, St. Petersburg police arrested 46-year-old Debbie Piscitella after, they said, she choked a teen boy in the middle of Tyrone Square Mall because he had posted offensive comments on Facebook that upset her 14-year-old daughter.
Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4155.