Two people have been cited after a 4-year-old boy was tossed from a Grays Harbor County railroad bridge into the Wynoochee River, about 25 feet below.

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The 22-year-old mother of a child tossed from a railroad trestle into the Wynoochee River has been cited with reckless endangerment, according to the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office. The 35-year-old man who allegedly tossed the child into the swimming hole was cited with reckless endangerment and trespassing on the trestle.

Two children were taken into protective custody after the incident while the Washington Department of Social and Health Services investigates, said Norah West, a department spokeswoman.

West said the department has no history with the family in the past 12 months.

The man admitted to throwing the 4-year-old boy from the bridge, which is about 25 feet above the water, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies believe he had been drinking.

The boy was wearing a life jacket, according to the release.

The sheriff’s office said the boy’s mother agreed to let the boy be tossed and swam out to retrieve him from the water.

The man threw the boy from the bridge despite others at the popular swimming hole yelling for him not to, police said.

“According to the witnesses, several people were yelling at the man on the train trestle NOT to throw the child,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release, but “the man still threw the child.”