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Father throws son, 7, overboard on cruise, authorities say

August 29, 2011 |  3:49 pm

A man is accused of throwing his 7-year-old son overboard after the boy witnessed a fight between the man and his girlfriend on a cruise in Newport Harbor.

Sloan Briles, 35 Witnesses say they saw Sloane Briles, 35, hit his son and then toss the child in the water. People on three boats in the area rushed to save the boy, pulling him to safety, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. The boy was shaken up but otherwise OK, Amormino told KTLA.

Briles also jumped into the water to save his son, but the boy had already been rescued.

Amormino said the incident began just before 2 p.m. Sunday when Briles and his girlfriend got into a verbal altercation aboard the boat. His two sons from a previous marriage, a 7-year-old and a 6-year-old, were with him on the trip. Both boys apparently witnessed the argument, and the 7-year-old was visibly upset, Amormino said.

Witnesses said the boy was walking behind his father when Briles picked him up and tossed him into the water.

Orange County sheriff's deputies were called to take Briles into custody. When they arrived, he was combative and resisted arrest, Amormino said. Deputies believe he had been drinking. Briles was booked on suspicion of child endangerment and resisting arrest. He was released Monday morning after posting bail.

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-- KTLA News

Photo: Sloan Briles, 35, Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department / KTLA

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