A Florida father taught a terrifying swimming lesson to his 5-year-old son that led to child abuse charges against him.
John Bloodsworth, 37 was accused of throwing his young son in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday night in order to teach him how to swim. He reportedly left the child who was struggling to swim alone in the water as he repeatedly dove from a Daytona Beach pier.
The scene made one witness upset. He decided to confront the man.
“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, a former Georgia State Trooper, said.
Mitch is on vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida, with his family. They were eating dinner on the Main Street Pier when he and his family noticed a child in the water down below, he says.
“The little kid was out here by himself. Completely by himself. There was nobody around him, no adults,” Mitch said.
As the boy, 5, struggled to stay afloat in the deep water, his father, Bloodsworth repeatedly jumped off the pier (it’s illegal), swim past his child, and throw him into the waves while yelling at him to learn to swim.
Mitch couldn’t handle it anymore. He raced to help the little boy.
Mitch brought John to a Daytona Beach police officer, who later arrested him.
According to a Volusia County Beach Safety report, John claimed that he was teaching his son how to swim.
“The kid was already very visibly upset and crying, and he didn’t want to be there,” Mitch said.
While at Volusia County Beach Safety headquarters, John said he was “going to jail for being awesome” and he would be “coming back to the pier to jump off every day.”
The officer says the father was clearly intoxicated.
John is now facing two charges, child abuse and disorderly intoxication in public.
He has posted bond and was released from jail Tuesday.