Florida man says he tossed boy in ocean to teach him to swim

John Bloodsworth arrested in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A 37-year-old Florida man is accused of throwing his 5-year-old son into the Atlantic Ocean and then doing back flips off a city pier as the boy struggled in the water.

An arrest report said that when Daytona Beach police arrested John Bloodsworth on child abuse charges Monday night, he told them he'd been teaching the boy to swim and that he was "going to jail for being awesome."

Witnesses said the boy was treading water while Bloodworth jumped from the pier.

The report said Bloodworth had four to five beers before going to the beach.

The boy was turned over to his mother. Bloodworth was released from jail. A lawyer isn't listed on jail records.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that lifeguards were off duty Monday night.

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