Volusia deputy accused of battering teenage son arrested, authorities say

Deputy put hand over son's mouth, nose, officials say

By Brianna Volz - Web producer

DeLAND, Fla. - A Volusia County deputy accused of battering his son Saturday evening was arrested, deputies said.

Officials with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said deputies went to the deputy's DeLand home around 6:10 p.m. after they received word of an altercation between the officer and his 16-year-old son.

Authorities said the deputy and his son were arguing about money before he pushed the teenager onto a couch, punched him in the face and put him in a headlock.

The teenager asked his father for money so he could go somewhere with friends, according to the incident report. The deputy told his son to put some weeds from outside in a bag, but did not pay him afterward, the report said.

"My dad told me he was going to pay me to pick the weeds outside, so I did and he didn't pay me, so I put the weeds – I just put them in the living room and he started hitting me,” the teenager said in a 911 call.

The teenager told deputies his father put his hand over his mouth and nose, causing him to lose consciousness, authorities said.

“He was kicking me and choking me and punching me," the teen said.

His father's girlfriend was also home when the fight took place.

“His girlfriend’s probably going to defend him, but I hit him back a few times when he was on top of me because I couldn't breathe.”

The woman also called 911 to report the incident and told authorities that the teenager was trying to beat up his father.

“He’s vandalizing the house, trying to beat the crap out of his dad," the woman told dispatchers.

The deputy was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and child abuse without great harm, deputies said. 

Volusia officials said the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest.

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