Two Florida police officers are under investigation for allegedly imprisoning their 3-year-old son over potty training accidents, as per reports.

The child was incarcerated twice in October 2022. Footage from body cameras, obtained by local media, shows the child’s father, a lieutenant with the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, being questioned by a state child abuse investigator.

“He was crying. I was getting the response I expected from him,” the father stated, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The child was supposedly handcuffed during his second time being jailed.


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The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety. Two officers are being investigated for allegedly imprisoning their toddler son over his potty training accidents.
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“The city aims to maintain transparency, but due to a court order, we are currently unable to comment. If this situation changes, we will be happy to provide more information,” stated Tammy Marzik, public information officer for Daytona Beach Shores, in an email to NYNNC.

The child’s mother, a detective with the police department, expressed the belief that they did nothing wrong and characterized the investigation as “the definition of insanity.”

“We’ve attempted various methods, including books and letting him run around without pants. We’ve tried everything,” explained the father to the investigator.

Eventually, the father confronted his son.

“I told him about my job,” the father elaborated. “I said I’m a cop. I take individuals to jail who don’t follow the law. So that’s what I did. I said, ‘You know you aren’t following the rules, let’s go to jail.’

Before placing the child inside the cell, the father checked for any prohibited items. He claims to have watched him the entire time during his 13-minute confinement.

The father mentioned that the child’s mother had previously placed him in the cell for approximately three minutes, the day prior. According to the father, this tactic was effective in ensuring the child refrained from having any further accidents.

The father also revealed that he employed the same approach with his older son nine years ago, after the child admitted to hitting a girl in preschool.

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A potty training simulator.
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“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,” the father said. “So that’s why I did it with this. He didn’t hit anybody, but I figured the same thing, discipline.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to the city and the officers’ attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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