A Florida woman says after a viral video showed her dunking her 3-year-old son's head in a toilet for using profanity, she has received death threats and was even contacted by Child Protective Services.
Kaitlyn Wolf told Channel 9 she originally wanted to wash her child’s mouth with soap but got the idea for the toilet dunking from a movie. According to Wolf, she only held her son above the toilet and gently dipped the top of his head in.
"It was a joke between the three of us. My sons and I horseplay rough," Wolf told Channel 9. "We stuck his head in the toilet and flushed it. And my older son was recording it."
Wolf said she then sent the video to the boy's babysitter for a laugh.
"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."
Although people had intense criticism for Wolf, she maintains her son was never in any danger.
"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."
Many of the Facebook users who commented on the video said they reported the incident to the Leesburg Police Department.
"The police actually came on Saturday and stayed on the road because people were threatening to come here and kill me," Wolf said. "They have been patrolling the area."
The Florida Department of Children and Families said Sunday that it is investigating the incident and is working with the state attorney's office to determine whether charges should be filed.
"It was just a game," Wolf said. "I didn't inflict harm on him. He didn't have any bruise or cuts. He was laughing during the video."
Now, Wolf regrets attempting the joke in the first place.
"Everybody just stop Facebooking me and telling me you want me to die," Wolf said. "I get it."
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