The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Eureka man yesterday after investigating a report of possible child abuse. At about 1:00 Tuesday afternoon Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel from Humboldt County Social Services Child Welfare Services and the Humboldt County Department of Public Health responded to a residence on the 5200 block of Vance Avenue in Eureka. They met with a child who had what appeared to be third degree burns on the his ankle and other, less severe burns on his face. Both parents of the child were also present at the residence. The child’s father, David William Bollig, 28, indicated that the child was burned while Bollig was holding him. Bollig had ignited black powder near the child in an effort to discipline him. The injuries were approximately five days old and the child had not received medical care from a medical professional.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrested David Bollig for Inflicting Unjustifiable Pain/Mental Suffering on a Child – PC273a(a) and Failure to Provide – PC 270. His bail was set at $50,000 and he was released from custody last evening after posting bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on January 23, 2008.
The victim and a younger sibling were removed from the home and placed in protective custody pending further investigation.