Florida dad says he tossed boy in ocean to teach him to swim

Author: Associated Press
John Bloodsworth, 37. (Credit: Daytona Beach Sheriff's Office)
John Bloodsworth, 37. (Credit: Daytona Beach Sheriff’s Office)

A drunken Florida man is accused of throwing his 5-year-old son into the Atlantic Ocean as a swim lesson, then doing back flips off a city pier as the boy struggled for his life in the water.

An arrest report says that when Daytona Beach police arrested John Bloodsworth, 37, on child abuse charges Monday night, he told them he’d been teaching the boy to swim and that he was “going to jail for being awesome.”

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports lifeguards were off-duty Monday night.

Witnesses said the boy was treading water while Bloodworth jumped from the pier.

The report says Bloodworth had four to five beers before going to the beach.

The boy was turned over to his mother. Bloodworth was released from jail. A lawyer isn’t listed on jail records.

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