An Arizona dad faces felony charges after he reportedly left his 1-year-old daughter alone by a gate-less pool for 25 minutes, then threw her into the water to teach her a lesson when he discovered she had accidentally drowned a puppy.

Corey Edmund McCarthy, who is 23, wasn't very involved in his daughter Mia's life, according to family members. The toddler's mom, Samantha, has custody of their daughter but believed she was doing the right thing by letting Corey get to know her better. She was shocked and in tears when she actually watched her ex throw Mia four feet into the air and into a pool -- yep, the entire incident was caught on a surveillance camera.

Thanks to the video footage, cops were able to see that Corey had left Mia to wander around the pool by herself for an astoundingly long time, especially considering how it takes seconds for a child to fall and drown in a pool. While she was by herself, Mia threw two dogs into the pool and one apparently died.

Instead of blaming himself for being such a careless parent, Corey returned to the pool with his girlfriend. Then he decided to punish a baby who can't reason, understand logic, or -- hello -- SWIM by throwing her several feet into the air and letting her fend for herself in the water.

Thankfully, his girlfriend jumped into the pool to rescue Mia. Police say dad then dropped his daughter into the pool yet again because he wanted to teach her to be afraid of the water.

Well, congrats dad -- it worked. The toddler's mom says Mia won't go anywhere near a bath or water now and is having nightmares. Way to go.

Whether you live in Arizona or Wisconsin, you know drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. A young child should NEVER be left unattended by a body of water -- I don't care if there's a nine-foot gate surrounding the pool. You never take that kind of a chance.

This story could have easily ended with Mia accidentally falling into the pool and drowning. Corey has been charged with two counts of child abuse. Instead of planning how to dodge those charges, he should be taking every second to thank his lucky stars that his little girl is still alive today.

What sort of punishment do you think this dad should receive?

 

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