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Dad accused of tossing son overboard: 'We were having fun'

August 31, 2011 |  9:57 am


A father accused of throwing his 7-year-old son overboard during a cruise in Newport Harbor says he was just playing when he and the boy jumped in the water together.

Sloane Briles, 35Sloane Briles, 35, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 he did nothing wrong and "we were having fun, it was a harbor cruise!"

Briles says he did not hit his son Sunday afternoon, although witnesses told police he did.

"I did nothing except jump in the water with my kid," Briles told the TV station.

Deputies who took Briles into custody Sunday say he was combative and resisted arrest, and they believe he had been drinking.

When asked if he would have done it had he not been drinking, Briles said, "absolutely."

Briles was booked on suspicion of child endangerment and resisting arrest. He was released after posting bail.

Witnesses said they saw Briles hit his son Sunday and toss him into the water. People on nearby boats rushed over to save the boy, who was shaken up but OK.

Briles also jumped in the water, but the boy had already been rescued.

Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said the incident began when Briles and his girlfriend got into an argument aboard the boat.

Briles' two sons from a previous marriage, a 7-year-old and 6-year-old, were with him on the trip. Both boys apparently witnessed the argument and the 7-year-old was visibly upset.

Witnesses said that's when Briles picked him up and dropped him into the water.


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Photo: Sloane Briles. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department / KTLA