Richmond County, GA — Police officers in America have what is called 'officer discretion' as one of their many tools—meaning that if a police officer wants to let you go for a violation he or she thinks didn't cause any harm, they can do just that. While they can't make these decisions in cases of murder or other felonies, cops can most assuredly choose to 'look the other way' in instances like toddlers not being able to hold themselves and peeing in public. However, a deputy in Richmond County, Georgia chose to charge a mother with a crime for that very same thing.
Anyone who has had children knows that potty training isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. And, when your newly diaper-less toddler says they have to go—they have to go.
This very scenario played out last month when Brooke Johns was driving her son Cohen home. Johns, who is 8 months pregnant was driving down Sandbar Ferry Road when Cohen let her know that he had to pee.
"He's like, 'Mom, 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.' And I'm like, 'Baby, there's nowhere for me to go, and he says, 'Momma, I'm about to pee in my pants!'" Johns said.