Man and Mother of 4-Year Old He Tossed Off Bridge Charged in 'Disgusting' Act
The mother of the 4-year-old boy who was thrown off a bridge in a startling video could face jail time.
Taylor Richardson, 22, has been charged with reckless endangerment.
Also charged is 35-year-old Jeremiah Prochaskagoodwin, the man who threw the child from the Washington state bridge and into the water.
They each face a year behind bars if convicted.
Video of the incident at a popular swimming hole, located about 70 miles from Seattle, has been seen around the world.
Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott told Inside Edition he was outraged when he saw the footage.
“It's shocking. It's disgusting that adults would think this is an appropriate thing to do with a small child. Even though the child was wearing a flotation device, the impact to the water from that height, could have seriously injured the boy,” he said.
Kaylub Fawley, who shot the video, actually jumped off the bridge with a friend to see how dangerous it really was for the boy.
“I could not imagine being a kid and jumping off that,” he said.
The eyewitnesses returned to the river to demonstrate just how shallow the water is at that point.
From the bridge, boulders cam be seen on the river bed. The child could easily have struck one.
Brianna Jones was on the riverbank when she saw the boy thrown into the river.
“As soon as he comes up he starts screaming and crying and it just broke my heart because I wanted to go comfort him because it was so sad,” she told Inside Edition.
The child was not hurt physically but Sheriff Scott says he's concerned about the emotional impact.
“Sadly, this little boy is probably going to be suffering some trauma about this for some time to come,” he told Inside Edition.