A 3-year-old boy in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, was recently jailed for potty training trouble. The boy, who has not been identified, was brought to the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department on two separate occasions in October 2022 after he had accidents in his pants. On the first occasion, the boy was placed in a holding cell for about an hour. On the second occasion, he was handcuffed and placed in a jail cell for about two hours.
The boy’s mother, who has also not been identified, said that she was shocked and horrified when she learned that her son had been put in jail. She said that she had been working with the boy on potty training, but that he was still having accidents. She also said that she had never been told that her son would be put in jail if he had an accident.
The Daytona Beach Shores Police Department has since launched an internal investigation into the incident. The department’s chief of police, Craig Capri, has said that he is “deeply disturbed” by the allegations and that he will take “appropriate action” if the investigation finds that any department policies were violated.
The incident has sparked outrage and calls for reform from child advocates and civil rights groups. They argue that the boy was discriminated against because of his age and disability. They also say that the incident highlights the need for better training for police officers on how to interact with children.
The boy’s case is a reminder that even young children can be vulnerable to abuse and neglect at the hands of law enforcement. It is important for parents to be aware of their rights and to advocate for their children if they believe that they have been mistreated.
If you have any concerns about how your child has been treated by law enforcement, you should contact the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). You can also visit their website at https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/ for more information.