Orange County, Calif. – On Wednesday, Sloane Briles, the man accused of throwing his 7-year-old son off a tour boat Sunday, spoke to local news media defending his actions.
A reporter who interviewed Briles, 35, asked, “…were you trying to kill him?” regarding the incident.
“Yeah, I was trying to kill my son…,” Briles said in sarcastic tone. He then added, “No, of course I was not trying to kill him… we were playing in the shallows.”
The father has been charged with felony child endangerment and resisting arrest after throwing his young son off a tour boat in Balboa Harbor Sunday afternoon.
TodaysTHV.com reports that police say 80 witnesses saw the ordeal, with one telling 911, “I’m on a boat tour called The Queen and there’s a man who just threw his son overboard.”
Police state that according to witnesses, Briles – who was allegedly drunk – hit his son several times while saying, “If you don’t stop crying, I’ll toss you overboard.” He apparently made good on his threat and then jumped in after his son.
Briles told the local reporter that the entire incident was a game between he and his son, who thought jumping off the boat would be funny.
“I discussed it with him. We jumped in together and just thought… it’d be funny. We were just screwing around, just horse-playing,” he said.
According to police, the entire incident was extremely dangerous, as the boat captain was forced to make a sharp turn to avoid hitting Briles and his son.
To watch Briles defend his actions to local news media, click here.
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