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.