Florida man accused of putting on helmet, charging into 9-year-old at football practice

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man is facing charges for allegedly attacking a child at a little league football practice.

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The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said that 41-year-old David Alan Taylor was at a practice for children when he attacked a child, WEAR reported. Taylor was charged with cruelty toward a child and disorderly conduct.

Taylor was initially seen arguing with the coaching staff at the practice held at Longleaf Elementary School on Sept. 20, according to an arrest report obtained by WEAR. In the report, deputies said Taylor was upset after his son was overpowered during a scrimmage.

Deputies said Taylor “immediately got (redacted) helmet and placed it on his head … then got in a football kneeling stance.” Witnesses told deputies they saw Taylor run and hit the child’s chest with the helmet, The Pensacola News Journal reported.

According to the arrest report, Taylor is also accused of grabbing the child and pushing him several feet before coaches intervened, WEAR reported.

Taylor was released from jail on a $30,000 bond, The Pensacola News Journal reported.