The wife of an Ohio man accused of neglecting his infant son while drinking poolside at Disney World says he has an alcohol problem but disputes the criminal charge against him.
Brian Olmstead, 35, of Brunswick, was arrested Monday at Disney World, accused of allowing his 7-month-old son to become severely sunburned as Olmstead drank at a poolside bar.
Olmstead is charged with child neglect and disturbing the peace.
According to an incident report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Olmstead, who was apparently visiting Central Florida for his daughter’s cheerleading competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports, was visibly intoxicated while caring for his infant son, Blake, at their resort.
The report said Olmstead was escorted to his room from a poolside bar but came back and threatened guests, allegedly charging them with his son’s stroller, shouting racial and homophobic slurs and allegedly telling a deputy that “Donald Trump was going to kill him.”
Officials said the events unfolded as Olmstead was watching his 7-month-old son, who witnesses described as being badly sunburned.
Olmstead’s wife, Destiny, said that police got it wrong. She said her husband only had three drinks at the bar and was never cut off. She said he never threatened anyone.
She also said that what may look like sunburn on the infant is actually eczema.
“He doesn’t have any type of severe sunburn, but he did get some sun. We’ve been at ESPN,” Destiny said. “It’s unfortunate, and now he’s going to get the help that he truly needs to get, but he’s a great father. He has a problem, and he’s addressing it, but it’s not something that happens all of the time.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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