CRESTVIEW — A 32-year-old Crestview man was charged with cruelty toward a child after hitting a child on her leg with a fly swatter “in a fit of rage” after the girl spilled salt.
David Wayne Fowler Jr. was arrested July 1 for the April 23 incident.
According to his Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the fly swatter left a 2-inch contusion and welt on the girl’s leg. He then struck her on the top of her head, telling her, “I hate you (expletive).” He was still angry about the salt, according to the report.
The deputy noted that Fowler intentionally and maliciously inflicted physical and mental injury on a child.