VIDEO: Dad arrested for tossing toddler in pool as punishment

Posted at 8:20 AM, May 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-21 08:20:44-04

PHOENIX, Arizona (KTVK) –  An Arizona father threw his 23-month-old toddler into a pool to teach her a lesson. The lesson was more of a punishment after the child dropped the family’s five-week-old puppy into the water, police said. The puppy died.

The father, who police identified as Corey McCarthy, was charged with two counts of child abuse. The child’s mother called police.

“I just hope that my kids are going to be okay, because I’ve got a five-year-old little boy asking me why daddy hurt his sister,” the toddler’s mother Samantha said. “I got a litte girl who may be traumatized, may not, but she’s having nightmares. She’s showing signs. I know my kids. I mean people make mistakes, but like I said, this is past a poor decision and a mistake. This is a child.”