The mother of a 7-year-old boy whose father threw him overboard during a Newport Harbor cruise, the county sheriffs say, released a statement Wednesday night saying eye witness accounts about the incident are accurate.
Christin Briles, through attorney Eric Dubin, says although she was not on the boat, her sons corroborated witness’ statements that Sloane Briles, 35, of Irvine threw his son overboard Sunday.
“While these good people could not prevent what happened, at least their reports to the police will help get full accountability,” Christin Briles said in her statement.
Sloane Briles was arrested Sunday on suspicion of child endangerment and resisting arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Witnesses said that Sloane Briles hit the boy several times when he wouldn’t stop crying before throwing him overboard, according to the Times.
Earlier this week Sloane Briles told KTLA-5 that he did nothing wrong.
“We were having fun; it was a harbor cruise,” Sloane Briles told the TV station, adding that he would “absolutely” do the same thing if he had not been drinking.
Sloane Briles could not be reached for comment for this story.
— Lauren Williams