LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ The father of a 2-year-old boy told police he was just trying to teach his son how to swim when he tossed him from a second-story balcony into the deep end of a swimming pool.

The boy's adult cousin, Tony Wofford, saw what happened Monday afternoon and dived into the pool. The boy was shaken, but otherwise fine.

Michael Dwayne Willis Sr., 20, was arrested for investigation of child endangerment and was being held on $50,000 bail, said police Cpl. Josef Levy.

''I'm teaching my baby how to swim,'' he told police.

The boy's mother, Shylise Simpson, said the baby had been getting used to water.

''For the past few weeks, we've been taking him into the pool, and he's been learning to hold his breath,'' she said. ''Thank God. But even though he's used to the water, he sure doesn't know how to swim.''

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