SPRING HILL – A man arrested on Tuesday after he admitting to breaking into First Friends Preschool received an additional charge of child abuse.
Nathan Cook, 32, admitted to breaking into the school, taking about $2,000 worth of office supplies and a red tricycle.
Cook’s wife was fired from the school the day before, and he told law enforcement he thought the new supplies would make her happy during her job hunt.
Cook left his cell phone at the scene, according to an arrest report. He was booked on charges of grand theft and burglary of an unoccupied structure.
Cook picked up an additional charge of child abuse on Wednesday. Investigators believe Cook is responsible for slapping his infant son in the face on Aug. 12. Cook said the bruise resulted from an accidental fall.
He continues to be held in lieu of $6,000 bond.
Court records show Cook was charged with misdemeanor battery, but avoided adjudication through pre-trial diversion.