Southern California Father Throws Son Off Tour Boat!

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Just when we thought bad parenting couldn’t get any worse, we had a father yesterday, tell his son to stop crying and after hitting him several times, according to witness, threw his 7 year-old-son off from the boat in busy Newport Harbor in Orange County, California.

This is a tour boat that takes people around the harbor so they can see mansions occupied and once occupied by celebrities like John”Duke” Wayne.

If the Duke had been alive yesterday, he would have jumped off his deck and whacked this dad, Sloane Briles, 35, of Irvine, California.  There would not have been any need for authorities, the Duke would have hit him once, and that would have been all she wrote.  What a shame when you need the Duke, he is watching from above.

This story was featured on one of the local TV news programs last night, and they actually caught up to the father, and he claimed that he and his son were “horsing around” .  He claimed he held his son off from the boat and his son jumped into the water.

According to witnesses and the 911 calls, that is not what happened, and they were very clear that the father was abusing his son on the boat by hitting him.  He then took him to the bow of the boat and threw him off.  In the busy harbor anyone could have hit the small child not to mention the tour boat could have hit him with the prop.

The authorities said three boats came to the rescue of the child and pulled him out after his father jumped in to save him.

The Orange County sheriff was called and their boat arrived and had to physically wrestle the father to the ground to subdue him to take him into custody.  Witnesses said he had been drinking and appeared intoxicated.

The child was released  to his mother along with his 6-year-old brother who was also on the boat.  The father and the mother are divorced.  The father had been in an argument with his girl friend on the boat when the 7-year-old started crying about the argument.

The father has been charged with felony child endangerment and resisting arrest, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. He was released Monday in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Mom Throws Baby Off Parking Garage, Arrested for Murder, Was it Postpartum Depression? Similar Case in OKC Many Years Ago!

At Children’s Hospital in Orange County, California, a distraught mother, threw her 7-month old baby boy off the 4th story parking garage.  He lived for two days and he passed from his injuries.  The mother was found immediately after a witness gave a description of the vehicle and security cameras were looked at for the license tag on the car.

The family says, she had been in and out of the hospital for postpartum depression.  She  evidently was out of the hospital during this brief time, took the little boy and the family car and went to the hospital.  After throwing her son off the garage, she walked into the hospital and asked for her parking ticket to be validated.

Does this sound like a murder??  It does on appearances, but it brings back for me a similar crime that occurred  in Oklahoma City with my friend, Candy.  Candy had her first baby and had been very active in her professional career prior to the baby’s birth.  I had gone to college with her husband and we both had majored in Journalism.

A few weeks before Candy took her life and that of her baby’s by tossing her son off from the 7th floor parking garage, and then jumping herself, I had spoken to her and she wanted to come back to work.  I was getting ready to change jobs and I told her I would put in a good word for her so she could apply for my job.  That seemed to brighten her spirits.

I said, Candy, are you ready to come back to work?  The baby is so little?  She replied,” I don’t think this mother thing is for me, and the baby will be fine.

Not knowing that she had been under a doctor’s care, I did not relay that conversation to her husband, although, I wish now I had.  I don’t think it would have changed her mind, but it might have helped her husband to know her mind was still not back to normal.

The morning Candy went to downtown OKC, her husband Jim, had someone with her everyday for months.  This one morning, he had a client appointment 90 miles away.  He left that morning, and said later that Candy was happy and urged him to do what he needed to do.   He thought she might be coming back to her old self, since she appeared upbeat.

I had just started my new job with a large adverting agency in OKC, and my boss and I were discussing our plans for the day.  All of a sudden she asked me if I knew Candy?  Yes, I said, Why?

My boss, Joyce, then said the words that still haunt me, “Candy threw her son off the parking garage in downtown, OKC and then jumped right behind him!”, my boss had just heard it on her office radio and they had just identified her from the contents of her purse.

She did leave a note for Jim, it said that she felt she wasn’t a good mother, and that there was something seriously wrong with her, and that the baby had it too.  She didn’t want to go on with her life.

Candy had postpartum depression the doctors announced after her death.  I will never forget her warm infectious smile and her cheerful demeanor.  She was the last person I would expect to take the life of her son and then her own.

I do not know if this mother who threw her baby off the parking garage at Children’s Hospital had postpartum depression, only the doctors know that, but I do know we need to treat postpartum depression and not prosecute these women.  They are not in their right minds when they do these terrible deeds.

As much as I love children and babies, if a mother has postpartum depression, we need to give her all the help that she requires to insure her safety and that of her child or children.  We have to look at Andrea Yates in Texas who took the lives of all five of her children, and she too had postpartum depression.

Hospitals and laws need to be changed to allow these women the time they need to heal.  Too often hospitals have to dump patients because insurance has run out or they can only hold them on a 72-hour hold, but if we change the laws to show that if a woman suffering from postpartum depression needs more time, she should be allowed the time needed to get well.

Casey Anthony Must Serve Probation in Florida, Be Back By August 26th!!

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Justice is served Ms. Anthony, you will do your Probation just like any other Con!!!. Judge Perry has served you the order and you must report for your probation on August 26th in Florida.  The Probation Department must keep up confidential records on her whereabouts, but no special treatment.

Judge Belvin Perry Jr. has won his place in the hearts of many Americans when he issued that order today.  The most hated woman in America must serve probation for her check fraud case which she did against her best friend in 2008.  Had her family pressed charges against her, it would have been for more money I’m sure, but no, Cindy continued to enable her bad behavior, not realizing it would cost her Caylee.

I’m thrilled that Judge Perry has stayed the course of what probation stands for which is have a convict monitored to make sure they can exist in normal society and not mess up.  How many of us believe that Casey can not mess up??

I know that unless she gets treatment, she will be right back in jail for her lying and cheating behavior.  I do not expect a liar to change her stripes, but maybe she will quite stealing from others.

Yes, Jose Baez was not innocent when he didn’t alert the court to the error and Judge Perry told him that he should he realize he did not honor the justice system.  I don’t think Jose knows what that means, your honor.

It may not be justice for Caylee, but it will be some form of monitoring for Casey.