OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - An Osceola County father is facing charges after investigators said he handed his son a gun moments after the boy talked about taking his own life.
Investigators said the gun was not loaded, but Michael Yatsko is facing child abuse and neglect charges.
Yatsko told deputies he was tired of his 13-year-old son “acting cowardly.”
The 44-year-old went before a judge Thursday and was granted bond, but was told to have no contact with his son and to surrender his weapons.
He was arrested in his St. Cloud home on Wednesday after he allegedly taunted his son by handing him the .45 caliber gun.
Deputies were initially called to the home on Alligator Lake Road on Tuesday after Yatsko allegedly slammed the boy’s head on a table.
The next day, deputies were back at the home after they said Yatsko told his son he didn’t love him and wanted him to live with his ex-wife, the boy’s mother.
When the teen said he wanted to kill himself, Yatsko allegedly went into the boy’s bedroom, threw the handgun on the bed and told him, “Do it. Kill yourself. I don’t really care.”
The gun was found unloaded by deputies Wednesday afternoon and the father claimed he never left his son alone with it.
The Department of Children and Families is now involved with the case.