John Bloodsworth Biography
John Bloodsworth is a 37-year-old from Florida. John Bloodsworth was arrested for throwing his five-year-old son into the Atlantic Ocean, then walking away as the boy struggled to keep his head above water. On July 15, Daytona Beach resident John Forrest Bloodsworth, 37, was charged with aggravated abuse of a child, disorderly intoxication and swimming too close to the pier. He told the police officer he was teaching his son how to swim and then said his arrest had resulted from “being totally awesome.”
John Bloodsworth Age
He is 37 years old.
John Bloodsworth Charged
John Bloodsworth was arrested on child abuse charges on Monday after he allegedly forced his son into the water despite him not knowing how to swim and then leaving the young boy to fend for himself.
John Bloodsworth Arrested
When Daytona Beach police arrested Bloodsworth, he reportedly told them he’d been teaching the boy to swim and that he was ‘going to jail for being awesome.’
One witness, who says he raced to help the little boy, described seeing the five-year-old thrashing in the water while his father pier-dived.
‘I said ‘I can’t take this anymore’ so I went down to the pier, down to the shore and confronted him myself,’ witness Mitch Brown told WESH 2 News.
‘The little kid was out here by himself. Completely by himself. There was nobody around him, no adults,’ Mitch Brown, a former Georgia State Trooper on vacation in Daytona Beach with his family said.
Police Statement and Investigation
The officer who arrested him says the father was clearly intoxicated. A police report says Bloodworth had four to five beers before going to the beach.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports lifeguards were off-duty Monday night. The boy was turned over to his mother.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- He was arrested on child abuse charges on Monday night
- He allegedly forced his son, who does not know how to swim, into the Daytona Beach waters
- Then as the boy thrashed, he is said to have abandoned him to dive off a pier
- When police arrested Bloodsworth, he reportedly told them he’d been teaching the boy to swim and that he was ‘going to jail for being awesome’