Football tantrums blamed in 2 men's child abuse cases
By MATTHEW WAITE
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Like a lot of fans, Jeffrey Bolick was upset by the Buccaneers' 20-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
He took his anger too far, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office arrest report, which gave the following account:
Bolick, 37, had been drinking during the game, his live-in girlfriend told deputies called to 2084 Woodruff Loop in Land O'Lakes. So when the Vikings drove 96 yards to score the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and the Bucs' last-minute drive ended with Brad Johnson throwing an interception, Bolick became upset.
First, Bolick smashed the television set. When his girlfriend told him to stop, he said it was his TV anyway.
Next, he tossed a chair into the kitchen, knocking over and breaking a fan. Bolick continued to throw things, the report said, and the woman told him to calm down. After he didn't, she said, she told him to leave.
Bolick said he would, but while leaving, he started trying to pull the screen door off the hinges. When she tried to call the police, he grabbed the phone, she said, and pushed her out of the way.
During the ruckus, a baby -- the relationship wasn't clear in the report -- started crying. The woman, who wasn't named in the report, went to pick up the child, then went to the front door to lock it behind Bolick.
But the two ended up in a tug of war over the door. The woman told Bolick to stop, she told deputies, because she was holding the baby. The report said Bolick then yanked the door, pulling the woman forward and causing the baby's head to strike the door.
The baby had a red mark and a bruise from the blow, the report said. The woman said she called the Sheriff's Office and hid in the bedroom until deputies arrived.
Deputies interviewed Bolick and he admitted drinking and getting upset with the game.
But he denied pushing his girlfriend or having the struggle over the door.
Bolick was charged with child abuse and domestic battery and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail, where he was released Monday night on $2,000 bail.
Football led to another child abuse arrest Sunday. Joseph Kronenberg, 44, 5004 Larch Lane, was arrested by New Port Richey police on a child abuse charge after he got in an argument in his home with a 14-year-old over a football team.
According to Kronenberg's arrest report, the two were arguing over the unnamed team when Kronenberg poked the boy in the face and then hit him on the right side of his face.
Kronenberg was charged with child abuse and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail, where he was being held Monday night on $2,000 bail.
- Staff writer Matthew Waite can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6247 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6247. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
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