A Florida cop reportedly handcuffed their own 3-year-old son and put him in a jail cell because the toddler was having potty training issues.
Daytona Beach Shores police Lt. Michael Schoenbrod told a Department of Children and Families caseworker that he took his 3-year-old son to police headquarters in October and put him in a jail cell, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The outlet cited bodycam video from a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy and memos from Public Safety Director Michael Fowler.
Schoenbrod allegedly handcuffed and put his son in jail because the boy was having potty training difficulties. The child was reportedly jailed twice, the first time on Oct. 5 and again the following day.
“It’s just disgusting that somebody would drag our family through the mud like this,” Schoenbrod allegedly said in the video. Meanwhile, his partner and the boy’s mother, Det. Sgt. Jessica Long, could purportedly be heard calling the investigation “insane.”
“I took him to the jail and he sat there. And I watched him … and he was crying and everything, and to this day, if you mention, like, that incident, he’s just like, ‘I would never do that again.’ It was effective,” Schoenbrod allegedly said.
“He was crying. I was getting the response I expected from him,” Schoenbrod told the caseworker, according to bodycam footage.
Schoenbrod said his son promised to never poop his pants ever again following being jailed.
Schoenbrod allegedly admitted that he also jailed his then-4-year-old son about nine years for hitting a girl in preschool.
Antonio Jaimes, an attorney with the Volusia County Clerk of Court’s Office, said the cases “are confidential due to motions for confidentiality filed within the cases.”
It was unclear if Schoenbrod and Long would face discipline.
Schoenbrod, Long, and their attorney, Michael Lambert, did not respond to the paper’s requests for comments.
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