After a recent video of her daughter, Josie, being lured into a pool by a brightly colored sandal came under fire, mom Keri Morrison is speaking out to defend her decision to let her six-month-old daughter fend for herself.
"I really don't understand all the negative feedback we are receiving," she told Inside Edition. "To me, when I look at that video, I see nothing but amazing. Here is a six-month-old sitting on the steps, falls in, does exactly what she is supposed to do. She flipped over, her face is above the water and she is breathing."
Keri then shared her heartbreaking reason for not immediately intervening.
'I started Josie so early on the lesson because I lost my son, Jake, in a drowning accident,' she said.
Jake died during a Thanksgiving family vacation in 2013 when he fell into the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida and drowned. He was two months shy of his third birthday.
"It eats me up inside knowing that he fell under the water not knowing what to do and I wasn't there to protect him and keep him safe," she admitted.
When Josie was born, Keri made a vow to teach the little one life-saving techniques at carefully supervised infant swimming classes.
"There was no question, as soon as she turned six months and one day, she started the program," she said.
We're all familiar with the age old debate over whether or not one should pick up a baby every time it cries.
But what about when he or she falls in a body of water?
While at first the obvious answer would be yes, you should definitely pick up that baby, a video recently shared on Facebook has people hotly debating the subject matter.
In the short clip, captioned "So hard to watch but every kid should learn this young," we see a baby girl sitting on the steps of a pool, reaching for a shoe that the adult behind the camera seems to be teasing her with, constantly keeping it just out of her reach.
Inevitably, the infant loses her balance and falls face-first into the water, sinking like a rock before successfully flipping herself on to her back and floating back up to the surface.
Even though the viewer is aware there is more than one adult present in the scenario, and the baby does seem to be an oddly competent swimmer for such a young age, the clip is still very difficult to watch.
Posted on May 2, the video has already been viewed nearly 300,000 times and has racked up over 6,000 shares and 700 comments -- most of them from angry people.
The weird thing is, no one can seem to agree which party the anger should be directed towards: The parents who failed to intervene in what could have been a deadly situation? Or the commenters who are angry at the parents for teaching their child to swim so early?
One woman shared her thoughts, saying, "This baby has obviously gone through infant safety self rescue classes. To pass they need to not only be able to back float like this child but also do it fully clothed in jackets and boots."
Another fired back "No f**king way. That made my stomach in knots just watching. I don't care how safe or what classes the parents put the baby in. No way."
"I have to admit, this is difficult to watch...but it's very important to teach kids to swim. The younger the better. This baby isn't in danger, the parents aren't neglecting her. They're giving her the power to save herself in case something like this ever happened," asserted a third.
"Please never throw your baby into the water and hope for the best as even breathing in a small amount of water can lead to serious complications and possible death. Always teach them young or take them to swim lessons!" another woman offered.
Some user's feelings on the video were split right down the middle, like Erin Rusch, who said, "Mixed emotions! Good to teach young ones yes, but so upsetting watching her stuggle [sic], and clearly not like it! I understand this may save her life, but so will pool alarms, baby gates, supervision etc. I dont even know how I feel about this video other than; sad! All I wanted to do was just pick her up and comfort her!"
At least we can all agree with that last part.