Mother Defends Controversial Video Showing Her Baby Daughter Learning to Swim

'I don't see anything negative'
May 9, 2016 Updated: May 9, 2016

A mother wanted to capture her baby’s efforts at swimming in a pool. But many were horrified.

A two-minute-long video that shows a 6-month-old baby in Florida struggling to swim has drawn ire across Facebook. It was posted online by user Dov, showing the child going after a sandal as adults look on.

Towards the end of the video, the child is lifted out of the water and someone says, “I’ve got you, baby.”

The post reasons that it’s “so hard to watch but every kid should learn this young.”

Many criticized the adults for not helping the child.

“I think that it is great to teach your child at a young age on how to float, but this video was reckless and dangerous,” said one Facebook user. “Ok like totally ok to teach a baby to swim but this [expletive] is cruel,” wrote another.

But some people said the mother is smart for teaching her daughter at such a young age

“Child was not in any danger. There were obviously adults around and the baby was doing well. Great parenting. Showing others how this teaching can save lives,” said one.

Keri Morrison, the mother of the baby, said she doesn’t agree with those sentiments. Her 2-year-old son, Jake, drowned in 2013.

“These lessons are safe and effective and they’ve been around for 50 years,” she told the NY Daily News.

“My son is no longer here because he didn’t have these skills,” she told Fox News. “To me, I’m protecting her, and that’s what a parent is supposed to do— to protect her child— and I feel like I failed my son, and I’m not going to fail my daughter.”

And, in the video, “you’re seeing a 6-month-old sitting on the steps playing, which can be a real life situation,” Morrison told TODAY.

“She falls in and she turns over and saves herself and floats for over a minute and a half. I don’t see how there could be anything negative about that.”