Criminal charges have been filed against the mother of a 4-year-old boy and a man accused of throwing the child from a railroad bridge into the Wynoochee River.
KOMO reports that Taylor Richardson and Jeremiah Goodwin were charged Wednesday with reckless endangerment. Goodwin faces an additional charge of criminal trespassing in connection with last month’s incident.
Authorities say the boy fell 27 feet into the water. He had been wearing a life jacket and was not injured.
The two suspects say they didn’t mean any harm and that the boy wanted to be tossed into the river.
The 35 year old Aberdeen man who threw the child said that he had just met the mother, and said “he was just trying the help the 4 year old jump off of the bridge safely.”
Deputies believed the man was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office has called their actions reckless.
The boy and his sibling have been placed in state custody.