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On May 15, 2019, at 6:15pm, 25-year-old Katie Lou Gottlich was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after throwing a cooking pot at her child’s father’s head.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Police in Florida said they received a call from the victim who said the reason the woman threw the pot at his head is because he had been out fishing too much instead of helping her take care of their child.
He said after she threw the cookware at his head while he was not looking in her direction, and she fleed the scene yelling and complaining about his fishing obsession.
When they arrived at the scene police found the pot in the yard but there was no immediate sign of injury to the man’s head. The woman was later found at a residence in Wesley Chapel and taken downtown to the station for booking.
According to her, she did not throw the pot at the man’s head. The good news is…police confirmed that the 7-month-old child was not at the Florida home at the time of the altercation.
The mother was held at the central booking facility on a $250 bond and later released from custody that same day at 10:05pm. Police also noted that she had been arrested several times in the past since 2011.
According to Florida state law, what she did was misdemeanor battery, which can result in a sentence of up to one year in jail or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine
Newsweek shared that, according to criminal law firm Hussein & Webber, PL., the charge is defined as the “actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against that person’s will or the intentional causing of bodily harm to another person.”
“Unlike other misdemeanors, prosecutors in Florida do frequently seek jail sentences or probation sentences for even first time battery offenders,” the law firm explains online..
“Whether jail is sought will depend on a number of factors: the prior criminal record of the accused, the status and preferences of the alleged victim, the existence of injuries, the need to seek restitution [and] the strength of the prosecution’s case,” it adds.
Some would say the woman smacking her boyfriend in the head with a frying pan for fishing too much is exactly the classic Florida love story Brad Paisley sings about in his song “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”