MONTESANO, Washington — Two people are now charged after cell phone video surfaced that showed a 4-year-old boy being thrown from a bridge into the river below while his mother watched.
Kaylub Fawley shot the video and posted it to his Facebook page. It has been viewed more than 400,000 times.
WARNING: The video is graphic and contains strong language
“Once he hit the water and he came up, he was just screaming and then the mom comforted him as he swam back,” Fawley told WJW sister station KCPQ in Seattle.
His friend, Brianna Jones, called 911.
“I was scared because at first I thought he was going to smack his head on that lower beam,” Jones said. “I thought he broke his neck because he hit his neck and he had a life jacket on, so he got sucked up really fast. When he came up, he was actually screaming and crying. It broke my heart hearing that.”
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, along with the state Child Protective Services.
And while the little boy survived the fall, deputies say they cited the mother for reckless endangerment. They say they also cited the man who threw the child off the bridge with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing — all misdemeanors.
“I just hope something is done about this. I don’t want this to be waived over,” said Fawley.
“I feel like she needs to go to jail for it or get charged, because you can’t just do that to a kid and let it happen,” said Jones.