Backlash After Mom Cited For Allowing 3-Year-Old Son To Urinate In Parking Lot

Brooke Johns said there was not enough time to get her son to a public restroom.

Augusta, GA – A pregnant South Carolina mother has been cited for disorderly conduct for allowing her three-year-old son to urinate in a parking lot instead of taking him to a restroom.

The incident began as Brooke Johns and her son, Cohen, were driving down Sandbar Ferry Road on March 29, WRDW reported.

“He's like, 'Mom, I've got to pee. I've got to pee!'” Brooke told the news outlet. “I was like, 'Well, hold on,' and he's like, 'No! I've GOT to pee! I've got to REALLY pee!’”

Brooke, who is just weeks away from giving birth to a daughter, told her son that there wasn’t a restroom nearby.

“And he says, ‘Momma, I’m about to pee in my pants!’” she recounted.

Brooke managed to pull into a gas station parking lot, but determined there was not enough time to get Cohen to the bathroom inside.

She said that carrying him wasn’t an option due to her pregnancy.

Instead, she allowed the little boy to urinate in the gas station parking lot.

“He was peeing before his pants were even all the way down, so obviously he had to go,” she told WRDW.

A Richmond County deputy witnessed the events, and told her she should have taken Cohen in to the bathroom.

But Brooke said that she was out of options.

“What if I would have ran in the bathroom and someone had been in there? What I was going to let him do? Pee on the floor of the gas station?" she asked.

The deputy ultimately cited her for disorderly conduct.

“She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot,” he wrote on the ticket. “I observed the male’s genitals and the urination. Public restrooms are offered at the location.”

Brooke’s court hearing has been scheduled for April 30, just prior to her pregnancy due date.

She faces up to 60 days in jail and a $5,000 fine if she is convicted, KNXV reported.

Blue Lives Matter asked Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to provide their version of events, but they did not respond to a request for comment.

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

She didn't commit the "crime" her son did, so he is the one who should have been issued the citation. This way the officer can explain why he cited a toddler with a violation that could result in him spending 60 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

It's a 3 year old, while the officer may have been legally correct, this is a morally inappropriate action.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Had the family been black or a minority, there would have been protests in the streets that the family was racially targeted and the officer selectively enforced this rule on this poor child.

Annalou
Annalou

He's a little boy who could no longer hold his urine....so he peed outside. This officer has no heart what so ever...& BTW, who the heck called a cop on a 3 yr old? The mother was obviously pregnant & couldn't exactly pick him up & run to the restroom! And before anyone gets their panties in a wad, my father was a policeman & he would have laughed his butt off!

RV'er
RV'er

I'm thinking the little boy's wasn't THE ONLY DICK SEEN IN THAT PARKING LOT THAT DAY!

Bob H
Bob H

I was a deputy for 41 years. Not all the time does the crime fit the section, and sometimes the situation doesn't fit the crime. At times an officer just has to say, well "not this time" Hopefully the officer learns this as he goes.

DSmom
DSmom

So...that cop has never peed outside???? Don't believe it!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Hmm isn't there laws about Urinating in Public ?? I understand this is a child -- but from the Vocabulary sounds like he was at least 4 0r 5 yrs old -- and he just drops his pants in public -- sounds like he has done this before and Mom seems to be ok with it or he wouldn't be doing it -- also, what about the people that come after them ? they just walk in Piss or Step in it and track to to there Vehicle or into the Gas Station -- Yeah doesn't that sound wonderful -- and she should know her child why didn't she take him to the bathroom before they got back into the car to go somewhere -- Many Moms do this (I did) even when they say they don't have to go 99% of the time they go !! she could have at least tried to get him into the bathroom

Annies Mom
Annies Mom

Too bad they don't live in California. This lady doesn't need this bullshit.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

He must be one of those awesome cops I always hear about

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe the mom said something bad to the police officer, like "I don't respect your authority" or "my taxes pay your salary" or "you are a bad policeman" or "police officers are not very smart" or "don't you have any real crimes you could be investigating" or "police officers are paid too much, and overtime is really abused" or "black lives matter" or something else like that

Nniioo
Nniioo

.. I respect cops but this is just silly .. I would let my 5 yrs old pee in public places if need be..

tfort
tfort

Cop sounds like a pedophile. “I saw his genitals...”

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Apparently, this officer never learned "officer discretion" Cops are often their own worst enemies!!

Bob480
Bob480

Obviously this deputy has no children. Probably a good thing!

Roscosmith
Roscosmith

As a retired officer I think this guy was way out of line. A pregnant mother and a kid who needs to pee does not equal a DOC summons. Instead of summons how about a do you need help question. I would think every adult out there has seen similar things happen with a young child.

Storm45
Storm45

That was not a deputy but a tattle tale. Good grief. Sounds like supervisor material.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

All this jumping to conclusions, We are woefully short of the necessary facts to determine wether the officer acted out of line... . .. we don't know where she parked, could have been overly dramatic and stopped in the middle of driveway.... .....she clearly didn't attempt to obstruct the view of the poor kid. .....maybe she was reckless in her driving,/parking and also and asshole... Idk,... maybe she needed the ticket. if she is too pregnant to lift the kid safely, how is she safely operating a motor vehicle in such an allegedly emergent situation .... we never get the real story from the accused. js ..

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

3-years old... probably still in the potty training phase and no time to get the toddler to a restroom... The LEO went above and beyond to be a douche. If he made extra effort to "observe the male’s genitals and the urination"... of a toddler, he should probably be evaluated.

Toadbuster
Toadbuster

Small town cop, nothing better to do.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

We need both sides of this story.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

This deputy needs to learn not just the letter of the law but also the meaning of the word "discretion". Cops have it but not all of them use it.

K9cop37
K9cop37

If this is all a true account of what happened, citing her was a dick move...😂😂😂

FREERAVEN23
FREERAVEN23

He should have let it go. Your not scoring anything over a three year old peeing. Pick the right battles and let the minimal ride. Part of the problem with the way people portray Leo's anymore.

DRTice
DRTice

Anyone who has had kids knows there was nothing she could have done differant. Hope the judge has better sence than the officer did.

Vmary
Vmary

What does her being pregnant have to with her not taking him to a bathroom he told her he had to pee

RPG156
RPG156

Who hasn't (as an adult) peed in a parking lot or on the side of the road in an emergency?

Trefflek
Trefflek

They are terrified to go after real criminals so they ticket pregnant moms and little kids

'SconieMom13
'SconieMom13

Like the deputy has never pulled over and taken a leak outside his squad! Shame on him.

Bud
Bud

It must have been a "Rookie" trying to make his boss look good, who else would do something so stupid?

junkmansj
junkmansj

Had to stop on a major highway in the middle of summer so my son could pee,never saw it as a problem