A drunk Florida man tried "teaching" his 5-year-old son how to swim by allegedly tossing him into the Atlantic Ocean - and then proceeded to do backflips off a nearby pier as the boy struggled to stay afloat, cops said. His arraignment is scheduled to take place on August 7, and is being represented by the public defender's office. As he went past he yelled to his son to "go back", according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. A former Georgia state trooper watched it happen while he was in Daytona Beach for vacation.
'The little kid was out here by himself. The officer who arrested him says the father was clearly intoxicated. Witnesses say child cried & struggled while suspect repeatedly jumped off pier.
"I said, 'I can't take this no more.' So I went down to the pier, down to the shore and confronted him myself", Mitch Brown told the station.
The former trooper chose to step in and confront the father. "I said, 'you're coming with me, one way or another, '" he recalled.
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Local officials told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that no lifeguards were on duty at the time and there was a moderate risk of rip currents. The last thing beachgoers want to see is a child drown. Bloodsworth - who is unlikely to win Father of the Year anytime soon - had apparently been drinking beers before heading into the water with the boy.
A "no trespass warning" was also issued after Bloodsworth defiantly told the arresting officer he planned on "coming back to the pier to jump off every day", even after being told that swimming within 300 feet of the pier and jumping from the pier were prohibited.
According to the arrest report, the child was crying as beach goers dried him off and called police.
Bloodsworth, who was arrested in 2018 for battery with attempt to cause bodily harm, reportedly claimed he was trying to teach his son to swim.