Florida man charged with throwing son into ocean to ‘teach him how to swim’

Florida man accused of throwing 5-year-old into ocean

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WESH/CNN) - A terrifying swimming lesson led to child abuse charges against a father in Florida. A former Georgia state trooper watched it happen while he was in Daytona Beach for vacation.

Witnesses say John Bloodsworth was jumping off the Main Street pier in Daytona Beach Monday night while his child was struggling to swim in a deep part of the ocean near the 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,” said former Georgia State Trooper Mitch Brown.

He said they were having dinner when they noticed a child trying to bob above the waves on the side of the pier.

"The little kid was out here by himself. Completely by himself. There was nobody around him, no adults,” Brown said.

Brown said others were watching as Bloodsworth would tumble from the pier, swim past his child and throw him into the waves while yelling at him to learn to swim.

Fed up, the former trooper decided to confront the man.

“I said, 'You're coming with me, one way or another,'" said Brown.

Brown brought Bloodsworth to a Daytona Beach police officer who later arrested him.

According to a Volusia County Beach Safety report, Bloodsworth claimed he was trying to teach his son to swim. The officer who arrested him says the father was clearly intoxicated.

“The kid was already very visibly upset and crying, and he didn't want to be there,” Brown said.

Bloodsworth now faces child abuse and disorderly intoxication in public charges.

While at Volusia County Beach Safety headquarters, Bloodsworth allegedly said he was “going to jail for being awesome,” and he would be “coming back to the pier to jump off every day.”

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