[Yahoo] A California man was arrested for investigation of throwing his crying 7-year-old son into the water from a sightseeing cruise boat during an argument that shocked other passengers, authorities said Monday. Sloane Briles, 35, was taken into custody for child endangerment and resisting arrest, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said. ”The father hit him several times and then threatened to throw him overboard if he didn’t stop crying,” Amormino said. “The crowd on the boat became very angry at the father for hitting the kid and extremely angry when he threw him overboard.” Briles began arguing with his girlfriend and his 7-year-old son, Amormino said, adding the child was not an expert swimmer. Staff members on the tour boat said Briles told the boy he needed to toughen up then threw him into the water five feet below, said Charlie Maas, who oversees the tour company. Someone on the boat threw the boy a life ring, and he was rescued by another boater. The father also jumped in to save him.
Anyone who knows anything about parenting knows that it’s an adventure filled with peaks and valleys. I’m not one of those people, so naturally I’ll cast judgement. I’m sure there’s moments where you wonder how you haven’t won awards for your unparalleled nurturing skills, and others where you shrug your shoulders and intend to make up for your idiocy via therapist payments. So let’s not all hypocritically jump all over Sloane here. Obviously he shouldn’t have hit his 7 year-old before tossing him into the drink. It’s either one or the other, dad – both is just going overboard (yep…that just happened).
As this article points out, this crybaby surprisingly wasn’t Michael Phleps – but it didn’t at all reference his hand-to-hand combat prowess. So some fisticuffs seemed to be fair enough. But I’ve always said that an overreaction is made by someone who cares. Pops could’ve ignored his boy’s repeated cries for attention but he didn’t. He gave him all the spotlight he craved. Whether or not a hug and a dollar for some candy would’ve been a better option isn’t necessarily the point here. The point is, no one knows everything about being a parent. You learn on the fly. At least he tried.