Florida father facing child abuse charge after leaving son alone in ocean to teach him to swim

John Bloodsworth (Photo: Volusia County, Florida Corrections)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WTHR) — A Florida man has posted bond after getting arrested for child abuse and public intoxication Monday.

Witnesses told WESH John Bloodsworth was jumping off the Main Street Pier — which is illegal — in Daytona Beach while his child struggled to swim in the deep ocean.

Mitch Brown is a former Georgia state trooper who was on vacation with his family at the time. He saw the entire situation and decided to step in.

"I went down to the pier, down to the shore and confronted him myself," Brown told WESH.

Brown said the boy was completely by himself in the water. He watched as Bloodsworth threw the boy in the water and yelled at his son to learn how to swim. The former trooper told Bloodsworth, "You're coming with me," and found a Daytona Beach police officer who later arrested him.

The arresting officer said the father was clearly intoxicated. Brown said it was clear the boy was crying and very upset.

Police said after they took Bloodsworth to the Volusia County Beach Safety headquarters, he 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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