A South Carolina mom awaiting the birth of her second child is now prepping for a court appearance after allowing her son to pee in a parking lot.

WRDW reports Brooke Johns was driving down Sandbar Ferry Road when her son Cohen Johns, 3, had to go.

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Posted by Meredith Anderson WRDW on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Brooke said:

“He’s like, ‘Mom, I’ve got to pee. I’ve got to pee!’ I was like, ‘Well, hold on,’ and he’s like, ‘No! I’ve GOT to pee! I’ve got to REALLY pee.’ And I’m like, ‘Baby, there’s nowhere for me to go, and he says, ‘Momma, I’m about to pee in my pants!”

Subsequently, she pulled over to a gas station parking lot. However, when she realized the urgency of the situation, there was no time for them to make it inside. Therefore, she allowed him to urinate in the parking lot.

As WRDW reports, the expecting mom said:

“He was peeing before his pants were even all the way down, so obviously he had to go.”

Although Brooke did her best to cover her son while he urinated, a Richmond County deputy refused to turn a blind eye. In fact, the officer fined the mother for disorderly conduct.

The citation says:

She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot. I observed the male’s genitals and the urination. Public restrooms are offered at the location.

However, Brooke remains confused about what other options she had under those circumstances. She says it was an emergency. Further, Brooke couldn’t pick her son up to rush him to the bathroom because she is pregnant.

Brooke recalled her conversation with the deputy:

“Accidents happen. And he was like, ‘Take him in the bathroom.’ What if I would have ran in the bathroom and someone had been in there? What I was going to let him do? Pee on the floor of the gas station?”

Nevertheless, Brooke plans to go to court on April 30, which is “several days” before her due date.  Although she can reschedule the appearance, Brooke says she would rather deal with the issue while she’s pregnant than when she’s focusing on her newborn.

Do you think this mom deserves a pass? Comment below.

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22 Replies to “Pregnant Mom Lets 3-Year-Old Pee in Parking Lot Because ‘Obviously He Had to Go.’ Police Officer Cites Her”

  • Terry Ambrose 2 years ago

    The world has gon nuts,my god ,giving a ticket to a pregnant woman because her son has to pee!when are people gonna grow up???????

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Are you kidding me! When my son was about three we were waiting for his dad to finish his road test for his CDL when he told me he had to go I tried to find him a bathroom but I couldn’t so he perfect right there!! It was either that or he pees in his pants! I’d do the same thing again if I had too

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    They are carrying this too far. Children can’t hold their bladder when they are that young. I’ve done the same thing myself.

  • Judy Lee 2 years ago

    Absolutely not. That police officer must not have kids or ever had kids. All children at some point can’t hold it to get to a public restroom.
    I would long to know what the officer would want her to do.
    There is great police officers out there but I think she just caught him on s bad day. Shame on him!!!!

  • Susan hazel 2 years ago

    U gotta go u gotta go, come on now. I sure don’t think she deserves this, good grief.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    If the cop had a gun he probably pulled it out. Doesn’t everyone know it is not against the penal code in an emergency

  • patricia clifford 2 years ago

    Heck I was in my 50’s and had an accident. I was standing in a super long line for a viewing. I did not feel right going to the front of the line for fear someone would think I was trying to get ahead of them. I was within walking distance of my home so I decided to head home. Needless to say I did not make i. Thank goodness it was getting dark as I know I left a trail. If I could not hold it, How can you expect a 3 year old to?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    That is absolutely ridiculous. Send that officer to spend a day or two in a daycare to see how it is dealing with young kids. When I was little I remember my mom and dad pulling the car over (on loooong stretches of highway) and letting me pee between the open car doors. And I’m a girl!
    Now that I’m all grown up and have a child of my own, My son will not be forced to urinate in his clothes because he can’t hold it. Absolutely will not. I guarantee that cop’s momma is VERY disappointed in his reaction to this momma doing her very best.

    • Signy Rich 2 years ago

      Yep I’m a pee between the doors kid too. So is my daughter. Life is too short. He should have to pay all court costs. Waste of tax dollars. I hope every cop is busting his chops.

  • Signy Rich 2 years ago

    PASS! Officer you sir are a jerk!!! A really big jerk!!! Hes a potty training child. How close were you, and how close were looking sir? I’m sure there were way more pressing things requiring police attention. This is an absolute total waste of tax dollars!!! You are wasting your locals money.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    You Americans are fucked up!fined for what???

  • Sandra 2 years ago

    For legal reasons, because the cop saw it maybe he could have given the mother a warning. Just to remind her this is not ok for people to just urinate any where they are. ( maybe Mom could be a little more on top of things by asking her kids or making her kids go to the bathroom before it get to the point of emergency). But I don’t think a ticket is called for. Pretty much all of us have been in a situation where someone, or ourselves have to go all of a sudden and we are caught no where.
    Sometimes when someone has a kidney infection they can’t hold it, so it could have been medical also.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Sandra I have 5 kids before going anywhere i always asked or told everyone go to bathroom get drink invariably no one had to go until we’re on the road u cannot always “command” a potty break.

  • Joe 2 years ago

    The officer should be fired. He has no business interacting with the public with this degree of stupidity and lack of common sense. Mark my words. HE WILL HURT SOMEONE IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE HE CANNOT ACCESS THE PART OF HIS BRAIN THAT MAKES CLEAR DECISIONS.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    my name is Carol Wadsworth
    and to me the boy should try to learn Matters and go in some where where they have Public bathrooms and the mother should of realize it and always use Matters with respect

    • Julie Stewart 2 years ago

      Carol, you should learn the correct word is “manners”. Please do not comment unless you can do so intelligently.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Why do they bother putting a badge on someone with no common sense? He made an ass of himself and I hope the judge takes him to task for it. His sergeant should have called him out on it also.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Carol Wadsworth u are kidding rite? Has nothing to do with MANNERS sometimes u can’t hold it (adults too but especially kids)

  • Donna 2 years ago

    The cop is being ridiculous!! This a a young child who needed to pee and as many have pointed out, at that age they can’t hold their bladder for a long time. Give the parent a break!! I hope she goes to court to fight it and wins!

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  • Vickie Higgins 2 years ago

    Wow just Wow The cop must have needed 1 more ticket that day to make his quota I think this is one of the top most asinine things I have ever read The judge should throw it out and reprimand the cop on common sense when it comes to dealing with the public

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