The state of South Carolina dismissed the charges brought against a mom who let her toddler pee in a parking lot.
As Dearly previously reported, on March 29, Brooke Johns was driving down Sandbar Ferry Road when her 3-year-old son Cohen Johns told her he had to go.
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Subsequently, she pulled over at a gas station and allowed him to urinate in the gas station’s parking lot.
“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!”
At the time, Johns was also 9-months pregnant and unable to lift the 3-year-old.
The mom said:
“He was peeing before his pants were even all the way down, so obviously he had to go.”
Nevertheless, a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy fined the mother for disorderly conduct.
The citation read:
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.
At the time of the incident, Johns said she wasn’t sure what other options she had.
She 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?”
The state’s representative, Ben Allen, told the court that the law in question didn’t apply in this situation.
Furthermore, the lawyer said on the state’s behalf:
“The mom was trying to be a good mom. The child had an emergency come up, and Mom took care of the emergency. That’s what we expect of all good moms.”
Following the dismissal of her case, Johns said the support from the community was amazing, “I couldn’t be more grateful.”
She added, “It took a huge toll on me. I’m glad it’s over with. I can (exhales) I can breathe, I can breathe.”