Florida Cops Jail Their 3-Year-Old Son Over Potty Training Troubles

Daytona Beach Shores officer, Det. Sgt. Jessica Long, and  Lt. Michael Schoenbrod 


A 3½-year-old child having difficulty getting potty trained was brought to the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department on successive days last October and placed in jail, a high-ranking officer told a caseworker during an interview. On the second occasion, Oct. 6, 2022, the child was also handcuffed.

“He was crying. I was getting the response I expected from him,” Lt. Michael Schoenbrod told the Department of Children and Families caseworker, body-cam footage from a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy shows.

The boy promised to never again poop his pants, Schoenbrod said in the interview.

Daytona Beach News Journal

It is unclear whether Schoenbrod and another high-ranking Daytona Beach Shores officer, Det. Sgt. Jessica Long, who brought their child to the jail on Oct. 5, faced discipline from the city. The News-Journal has obtained copies of memos written by Public Safety Director Michael Fowler to each informing them of a professional standards investigation.

Schoenbrod told the caseworker he has used the put-a-child-in-jail technique before.

Approximately nine years earlier, he said he disciplined his 4-year-old son similarly after misbehaving at preschool.

Schoenbrod said he had asked the boy whether he had hit a girl and the boy said yes. So Schoenbrod then told the boy he puts people in jail when they hit other people.

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