Meet Sloane Briles. First, a little background:
Family court filings showed Briles lost his job in the mortgage industry in 2007 and got another job, but was injured and drew worker's compensation. He successfully petitioned to get his child support obligation reduced and tried for a second reduction, which his ex-wife, Christin, opposed.
"If he truly wanted to support his boys he would find a job," she wrote in the filing. She also wrote that Briles sees the boys only on his weekends and rarely calls them during his off weeks.
And now, the rest of the story:
It was a pleasant afternoon aboard a sightseeing cruise around scenic Newport Harbor until the unthinkable happened — a man threw his crying 7-year-old son overboard during an argument in front of shocked passengers, authorities said.
Sloane Briles, 35, was taken into custody for child endangerment and resisting arrest, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
"The father hit him several times and then threatened to throw him overboard if he didn't stop crying," Amormino said. "The crowd on the boat became very angry at the father for hitting the kid and extremely angry when he threw him overboard."
I don't think there's going to be any unsupervised visitation for Mr. Briles in the near future. In fact, Mr. Briles may be getting a new roommate who can teach him a thing or two about bullying.