Suhayla had her bikini bottom on, but her mother had forgotten the matching top.
"If I had the top, I would have put it on her," Sorel said Friday.
But Sorel saw nothing wrong with her daughter going topless, just like the 3-year-old boys splashing around in the pool.
Topless toddlers apparently can spark lust in adults who are sexually attracted to children -- at least that's what Sorel said the park's security guards repeatedly told her during the standoff.
"If there are pedophiles in your park, please harass them and leave my daughter and me alone," Sorel said she told the guards.
So Sorel held her ground -- or better still -- waded deeper into the pool.
The guards then threatened to call Detroit police on Sorel and her topless tot. And finally, at Sorel's own urging, they did.
At about 1 p.m., a police officer from the 5th (Jefferson) Precinct arrived, assessed the situation and, according to Sorel, told the park manager, Lorenzo Douglas, Sorel was doing nothing wrong.
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
A mother in Detroit got in trouble for letting her three year old go topless at the water park. It's okay for boys, but not girls.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 3:26 PM