Monday, August 29, 2011

Dad "accused" of hitting 7-year-old son, throwing him overboard from boat; boys from "previous marriage" (Newport Beach, California)

Read this carefully. This hot-headed drunken mess of a father apparently had these kids on this boat as part of his visitation. That is, if Daddy didn't in fact have custody. All we're told here is that these were his sons "from a previous marriage."

So who gave dad SLOAN BRILLES custody and/or visitation? What's more, will he keep it after this incident? Or will the whole thing be swept under the rug?

Notice that Daddy not only hit this child and threw him overboard. He also resisted arrest. Charming.

Published: Aug. 29, 2011 Updated: 7:45 a.m.

Man accused of tossing son off tour boat

Authorities believe a 35-year-old man hit his 7-year-old son, then threw him overboard after getting into an argument with his girlfriend.


NEWPORT BEACH – A father is accused of hitting his 7-year-old son and throwing him off a tour boat in Newport Harbor Sunday.

Witnesses aboard the tour boat Sunday saw the man toss the boy into the water, and people on three other boats in the area scrambled to pull the boy from the water, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The boy's father, 35-year-old Sloane Briles, also jumped in to rescue the boy, Amormino said. By that time, the boy had been plucked from the waters by passengers in another boat.

Authorities believe the trouble began just before 2 p.m. when Briles began arguing with a girlfriend aboard the vessel as it toured Newport Harbor, Amormino said. Briles was on the boat with his girlfriend and his 7-year-old and 6-year-old sons from a previous marriage.Briles began walking toward the front and was followed by his 7-year-old son.

"The 7-year-old was obviously upset," he said. "He hits him and throws him overboard."

Briles returned to the tour boat after jumping in after the boy, Amormino said. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff Department's Harbor Patrol were then called to the area and boarded the tour boat.

Deputies attempted to restrain Briles, who is accused of resisting arrest, he said. Two deputies took him into custody and he has been booked on suspicion of child endangerment and resisting arrest.

Authorities believe Briles had been drinking.

Briles was booked into Orange County jail and, according to arrest records, was released Monday after posting bond.