US mother facing jail for letting son pee in garage forecourt

Brooke Johns and her son Cohen who were cited when he went to the toilet in a forecourt.
Brooke Johns and her son Cohen who were cited when he went to the toilet in a forecourt. Photo credit: Facebook

A pregnant women in the US will appear in court later this month on a disorderly conduct charge for letting her three-year-old son pee in public. 

Brooke Johns, from South Carolina, was driving when she heard a plea all parents will be familiar with - that her son Cohen wanted to use the bathroom. 

She pulled in to a petrol station but realised they wouldn't make it to the bathroom. 

Johns, who is 34 weeks pregnant, was unable to pick her son up and rush him to the toilet, so she let him go in the forecourt. 

"He says, 'Momma, I'm about to pee in my pants!'" Johns told local media outlet WRDW.

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

A Richmond County Sheriff's deputy was nearby and he saw the whole thing, before issuing her with a citation - a ticket issued by police in the US for minor incidents.  

"She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot. I observed the male's genitals and the urination," the officer unsympathetically wrote on a copy of the ticket, obtained by WRDW. 

"Public restrooms are offered at the location."

Johns will head to court at the end of April, shortly before her baby is due, to contest the citation. 

If she is unsuccessful she could face up to 60 days in jail and a US$5000 fine.

"Accidents happen. And (the officer) was like, 'Take him in the bathroom.' 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?" Johns told WRDW.

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