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Dad Arrested For Tossing Crying 7-Year-Old Off Cruise Boat [Video]

By Monica Bielanko |

Briles says he wanted to "toughen up" his son.

It was supposed to see a fun sightseeing cruise along the coast of Orange County last Sunday, but customers got more than they bargained for when an angry father allegedly tossed his son overboard.

Several shocked people witnessed Sloane Briles, 35, hitting his son several times and then threatening to throw the boy overboard if he didn’t stop crying.

“The crowd on the boat became very angry at the father for hitting the kid and extremely angry when he threw him overboard,” sheriff’s spokesman, Jim Amormino, told KTLA.

Police believe Briles had been drinking when he, his girlfriend and two sons from a previous marriage went on the cruise around Newport Harbor on a boat carrying 85 people. Briles argued with his girlfriend and then the son. That’s when staff members on the tour boat witnessed Briles tell his crying 7-year-old he needed to toughen up and threw the boy in the water five feet below.

Charlie Maas, who oversees the touring operation was terrified. “Right in the middle of a sunny weekend afternoon in August there is a lot of boat traffic out there,” Maas said. “That could have been fatally dangerous.”

Someone on the boat threw the boy a life ring, and he was rescued by another boater. The father also eventually jumped in to save him.

At least two witnesses called 911 and Sloane Briles was taken into custody for child endangerment and resisting arrest, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said. The two boys were returned to their mother who has not commented on the incident.

As the Huffington Post reports, it’s been a rough year for Briles. “Family court filings showed Briles lost his job in the mortgage industry in 2007 and got another job, but was injured and drew workers compensation. He successfully petitioned to get his child support obligation reduced and tried for a second reduction, which his ex-wife, Christin, opposed.”

Briles was found in contempt for not paying child support in 2009 and pleaded guilty. According to court records he was sentenced to three years of probation.

If I was the mother of those children I would immediately file for full custody and not let dad have unsupervised visits. What kind of nutcase throws his crying son off a boat? If he’s capable of those kind of actions in public, it scares the crap out of me to wonder what he does to those boys behind closed doors.

Here’s KTLA’s report on the incident:

Image: Orange County Sheriff’s Department

 

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Dad Arrested For Tossing Crying 7-Year-Old Off Cruise Boat [Video]

  1. Andrea says:

    He hit his son, and then threw him overboard for crying? Wow. That is just unbelievable. There must be more to this story than the media is reporting. Is he mentally ill? Sounds like he should not be around children, at any rate. Poor little boy.

  2. Bunnytwenty says:

    Andrea, since men are “naturally” aggressive, shouldn’t you be defending this man’s behavior? And since boys being unemotional is “natural,” isn’t there something wrong with this crying boy? Get your story straight, lady.

  3. Andrea says:

    And you prove exactly my previous point. Aggressive automatically becomes abusive when applied to men. This is the feminist agenda in its clearest form: any quality usually associated with men gets extrapolated to the extreme and used against all men everywhere. Men who aggressively pursue life goals, excellence, performance = men who are abusive to small children. Such nonsense.

  4. Bunnytwenty says:

    So what you’re saying is, the word “aggressive” means something very specific when you say it, as opposed to what it means to the rest of humanity. Nice try, though.

  5. Andrea says:

    Oxford English Dictionary: (aggressive) behaving or done in a determined or forceful way. Not sure what kind of English you speak, but I find OED to a pretty reliable source for definitions.

  6. steelrigged says:

    The word for the fathers actions isn’t aggressive (though it is that), the world is entitled. As in, “this is MY son and I will treat him as I damn well please.” That’s not a mental illness. It is a world view common to abusers where they have privilege over people of “lesser” status, often women and children. The fact that he did this in public is evidence of that privilege, he assumed people would agree that he had the right to “discipline/teach” as he alone saw fit.

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