Pregnant Mom Who Let 3-Year-Old Pee In Gas Station Parking Lot Could Face Jail Time
The mom was cited for “disorderly conduct” and is due in court just days before she's expected to give birth.
AUGUSTA, GA — It’s happened to every parent. A toddler announces that an “emergency” is at hand, and the only way to avoid wet pants is shield the situation from view while letting the child urinate in an outdoor setting.
It seems a stretch to label such activity “criminal,” but that’s what happened when a by-the-book officer in Atlanta came across Brooke Johns shielding her three-year-old son from view while the boy relieved himself in a gas station parking lot.
Johns told the press that she pulled into the station to take the toddler into the restroom, but, as she is nine months pregnant, she found it difficult to carry him inside fast enough.
From there, Johns said she covered the boy up while nature ran its course, and then was approached by a Richmond County deputy. He wrote her up with a citation for disorderly conduct.
Johns told a reporter, "I said 'accidents happen.' And he was like — ‘take him in the bathroom,’" Johns said to the station. "What if I would have ran in the bathroom and someone had been in there? What was I going to let him do? Pee on the floor of the gas station?"
As a result of the run-in, Johns is due in court now, just days before she’s actually due to give birth. If convicted, she could face up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A judge could also opt to toss out the case completely.
It will be interesting to note whether the judge has ever had to drive anywhere with a three-year-old who has to visit the potty.