A mum filmed flushing the head of her three-year-old son in the toilet as punishment for swearing has received numerous death threats .

Kaitlyn Wolf said she had planned to wash her toddler’s mouth out with soap – a traditional punishment for a child with a naughty mouth – but decided to discipline him another way, shares The mirror.

The mum, from Virginia, says she decided to flush his head down the toilet after seeing it happen in movie.

In the footage she can be seen holding her son’s arms behind his back with his head above the toilet as she dips it in the water. It is not known what expletive the boy said.

You can hear her older son say “God, that’s mean!”

But Ms Wolf defended the punishment after the video went viral.

She said: “It was a joke between the three of us. My sons and I horseplay rough,” Wolf said. “We stuck his head in the toilet and flushed it. And my older son was recording it.”

Wolf said she sent the video to the boy’s babysitter.

“I sent it to her as a joke, like, ‘Haha. This is the new way you can discipline them,'” she said. “So she sent it to my boyfriend’s ex, who sent it out and made it go viral.”

Wolf said her son was never in danger and that he never “got his face wet”.

Speaking to local media she said: “His head was never under the water, his face never got wet. It was maybe the top or this part of his hair,” she said. “It’s scary to think I might lose my children over this – over a joke that we played.”

The Leesburg Police Department said: “The Leesburg Police has received many calls and posts about a recently shared video on Facebook, showing a woman holding her son’s head inside the rim of a toilet.

“The incident is currently under investigation by the Dept. of Children and Families. Detectives are working with the State Attorneys Office to determine criminal prosecution.”

Ms Wolf claims she has received death threats and that she regrets the stunt.

“It was just a game I didn’t inflict harm on him. He didn’t have any bruise or cuts. He was laughing during the video.

“Everybody just stop Facebooking me and telling me you want me to die,” Wolf said. “I get it.”

While this behaviour is certainly not acceptable, sending someone death threats is never OK either.

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  • It was a stupid thing to do but certainly doesn’t deserve death threats. I think she has learned a very harsh lesson. Maybe they should have also filmed the boy afterwards to see his reaction.


  • So I don’t agree with the discipline and punishment, but death threats??? How does that make that behavour right? People are losing the plot.


  • I don’t think he was laughing as she did it, sounds more like a cry than a laugh and he cle4arly said “NO” towards the end. She should have it done to her and see how she feels.


  • I don’t care how much of him touched the water- it’s disgusting and not okay.


  • Even if it was a joke or horsing around, the way she is holding him with his hands behind his back horrifies me. Sad that she might lose her kids after minutes of stupidity. I hope there’s a full investigation into her home life before anyone steps in to remove the children.


  • Wrong on so many levels! What on earth was she thinking! Pleased to hear the incident is being investigated!

    • I had to stop watching – it absolutely sickened me!


  • Yeah death threats are overboard and never okay. But who in the bloody hell thinks this would be a good joke let alone an appropriate punishment? Her eldest, standing there recording it saying “it’s mean” and she’s feeling sorry for herself? What about her son? And for that matter it looks like he got more than his hair wet with how far in his head is in that shot. How absolutely stupid. It’s not an accident. It’s deliberate. And she deserves to be investigated by child services.


  • Seriously! I am horrified that any mother would do this to their child and would take footage and would share it! Horrified and shocked on so many levels.


  • My first thought was, to send death threats is NEVER EVER OK.
    Don’t know what the motives of this mum were. When it was meant to be a joke, it certainly was a very wrong joke.


  • Absolutely disgusting behaviour as a parent even if she’s claims it as a joke. Imagine her kids growing up thinking it’s ok to do this to others. She should be investigated for who know she what else she claims is funny. That poor kid having his arms held like that is a no.


  • Omg lost for words… that’s disgraceful!


  • What the hell was she thinking??

    First of all, a 3 year old only swears if they either hear it constantly at home or if they hear the word and copy it. If your kid is swearing you will need to take some of the blame, especially if he’s only 3!

    Secondly, does this stupid woman not understand how the internet works? If you video something and send it to someone, it’s likely to end up out there! The judgy mum club come to every party. If they will get snooty over absolutely nothing, then they will definitely come out in force for something as serious as flushing a 3 year olds head in the toilet!


  • The Mum could have dropped the boy and he would have landed head first into the base of the toilet bowl. A risk of head injuries or worse. It is child abuse – phycological / emotional at the very least.


  • This would be grounds for a mandatory notification or for child services surely?


  • This mother definitely didn’t make a clever choice. I’m glad the Police is investigating the case.


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