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  • In all seriousness: Public urination isn't acceptable, but potty-training accidents happen. And Brooke, as you might expect, is pretty PO'd about it.

    "Accidents happen," she told WRDW. "And he was like, ‘Take him in the bathroom.’ What if I would have ran in the bathroom and someone had been in there? What I was going to let him do? Pee on the floor of the gas station?"

    Honestly, I do not know. And neither do a slew of other people on Facebook, who have been outraged over the story.

    "This deputy should be looking for drugs, criminals, etc.," wrote one user, "not 'genitals' (as was noted in the citation). Sounds like this isn't the type of deputy that needs to be patrolling the streets of Augusta, especially since there are way bigger issues!."

    "Can we all go to court with her?" wrote another. "Can we all tell the judge our circumstance? Let me know if we can be there!!!!!!"

    Even Brooke's own mother chimed in on Facebook, defending her daughter as a "great mom" and voicing her frustration over the whole matter. 

    "I don't understand the thought behind this charge," she wrote. "Talk about stress! So unfair to her or my grandson who just could not wait to go potty till they got inside! He's a child!"

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  • In the meantime, Brooke is due in court on April 30, which is just a few days before she's due to give birth.

    "Yeah, I could extend it," she said, "but I would rather deal with it when I’m pregnant. Not when I have a newborn.”

    The whole story is pretty unreal, IMO. And yet, believe it or not, this isn't the only story of its kind to make headlines. Back in 2014, an Oklahoma cop issued a similar citation after witnessing a 3-year-old peeing in the street -- except in that case, he slapped the toddler with a $2,500 ticket.

    If Brooke is found guilty, she faces a penalty of $1,000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail. But here's hoping the mom's court case gets dismissed -- and more importantly, doesn't interfere with the birth of her daughter. Because unnecessary stress like this is the last thing a new mama needs when she's about to go into labor, and I think most of us can agree this is hardly a good use of the justice system's time.