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Pregnant mother ticketed after her 3-year-old is caught urinating in gas station parking lot

Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 17:03:04-04

Parents of young children know that nature doesn’t always call at the most convenient time.

A woman in Augusta, Ga., learned that during a recent stop at a convenience store that led to her arrest.

Her 3-year-old-son, Cohen, told her he needed to go really bad to the bathroom. She pulled into the gas station parking lot, only to learn they couldn’t make it to the restroom.

“He says, ‘Momma, I’m about to pee in my pants!'” Brooke Johns told television station WRDW of Augusta.

Johns was 34 weeks pregnant at the time and couldn’t carry her son to the toilet. So she says she tried to cover him up as best she could while he relieved himself in the parking lot.

“He was peeing before his pants were even all the way down, so obviously he had to go,” said his mother, who lives in Beech Island, S.C.

But the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t nearly so sympathetic.

A deputy witnessed the incident and cited Johns for disorderly conduct.

“She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot. I observed the male’s genitals and the urination,” the officer wrote on a copy of the ticket, obtained by WRDW. “Public restrooms are offered at the location.”

Johns vows to fight the ticket when her schedule court day approaches later this month.

“I’m going to court April 30,” Brooke said. “Several days before I am due. Yeah, I could extend it, but I would rather deal with it when I’m pregnant. Not when I have a newborn.”