A pregnant mother faces charges of ‘disorderly conduct’ and possible jail time because her three year old toddler urinated in a parking lot.

Brooke Johns said she was driving when her son, Cohen, said he needed to use the restroom.

“He’s like, ‘Mum, 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.’ ” Ms Johns told WRDW.

According to Ms Johns the two barely made it to a petrol station parking lot before she realised he wasn’t going to make it inside.

“I can’t pick him up,” Ms Johns said. “I’m not supposed to lift him.”

Ms Johns said she tried to cover up her toddler as best as she could as he relieved himself in the parking lot.

The commotion caught the attention of a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy.

“Accidents happen. And he was like, ‘Take him in the bathroom.’ What if I would have run 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?” Ms Johns said.

“She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot,” the deputy wrote on the citation. “I observed the male’s genitals and the urination. Public restrooms are offered at the location.”

If convicted, Ms Johns faces up to 60 days in jail and an AU$7,015 fine.

Do you think this is a petty issue? Have you ever been caught and had to let your child go on the side of the road?

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  • How close were the toilets at the location? Jail is just ridiculous. Time and pay money wasted on insignificant issues when real criminals are out roaming about out there.


  • Yes this is indeed petty. Sure, it might be a bit of an awkward spot but when you gotta go, you gotta go.


  • I do wonder what would have happened if the child was a girl instead….


  • Wow, I do appreciate urinating in public is a criminal offence worthy of a fine… but in this instance I do really think there were extenuating circumstances. A warning would have sufficed.


  • This is utterly ridiculous! If the mother had of pushed the issue and made him walk to the toilet he may have wet himself anyway. It’s not like he’s an adult and what was the deputy doing looking at the boy’s genitals anyway. I think a little compassion is warranted.


  • I get where the Sheriff or county deputy is coming from but this mum is heavily pregnant and can’t carry him and he is only young so hasn’t got bladder control abilities that adults or older kids do. He needs to be juggling 3 kids to get a taste of what it is like in an emergency and not able to get to the toilet. This is why I will let kids ahead go ahead of me if there is a line up at the ladies loos.


  • By the wording, this isn’t in Australia. And living in a rural area, all my kids have done ‘bush pees’ until they were older and had better bladder control.


  • OMG Lock them both up. Seriously how pathetic is this. Adults urinate wherever they feel like and they might get slapped with a fine. This is just a young child who needed to relieve himself. Mum is pregnant and they’re talking about possible jailing her. What is wrong with the world we live in these days.


  • oh wow this is serious…


  • Perhaps he needs to have a young child for a week so he can gain some empathy


  • This is not even in Australia, MOM should only be posting about what happens here, this is not relevant to us.

    • Yeah Im sick of reading recycled ‘news’ from overseas as well. If I wanted to read that Id go to an overseas site.


  • I’ve done this! 3 year olds can’t hold too long. I usually only let him go behind trees or something, and if there are no toilets.


  • What is the world coming to? Seriously!!


  • Shocking treatment by the Deputy. I hope a judge throws it out as a vexatious complaint. As another said, he obviously doesn’t have children who need to go NOW.


  • Oh come on. That’s ridiculous – if she was shielding him and this is a 3 year old we’re talking about and it was a pee, then I think this is silly. If it was a 30 year old man that is a different story!

    • Exactly! A child has not developed the same level of control over their bladder.


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