NEWPORT BEACH — A father who threw his 7-year-old son overboard while on a harbor cruise was charged Wednesday with felony child abuse and endangerment as well as misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Sloan Steven Briles, 35, of Irvine slapped his son in the face repeatedly and then picked him up and threw him into the water during the afternoon cruise in August, according to prosecutors.
At the time, the ship was in a busy boating area in Newport Beach and the first mate was forced to maneuver the boat to protect the child from being struck by another vessel, prosecutors said.
The captain threw the crying child, who was treading water, a life ring.
Passengers on another boat were able to help the child out of the water.
The boy was shaken up, but otherwise OK, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
Prosecutors say Briles also jumped in the water, but only to escape angry passengers.