CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina man is facing a slew of charges including felony child abuse and resisting arrest after he allegedly violated the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act by bringing his two year-old daughter into a men’s restroom at Northlake Mall last weekend where authorities say he planned to change her diaper.
According to a criminal complaint filed Monday morning at the Mecklenberg County Superior Court, on April 29, officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department observed thirty-two year-old Jacob Schmidt, who, at the time, was carrying his two year-old daughter, enter the men’s public restroom near Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The officers immediately followed Schmidt into the clearly marked men’s bathroom where they confronted him as he attempted to enter a stall meant for the physically handicapped. As one officer worked to safely evacuate other patrons from the restroom, the other asked to see the child’s birth certificate. According to court documents, Schmidt immediately became defensive, telling the officer, “I need to change my daughter’s diaper.”
Mr. Schmidt was carrying a Dora the Explorer-themed canvas tote bag over his left shoulder which he began to reach for “in a threatening manner,” according to CMPD chief of police Courtney Bradshaw, who spoke to reporters Monday afternoon. “Our officers acted quickly, using a Taser to subdue the suspect,” Bradshaw said.
Once the suspect had been taken into custody, officers performed a ‘field test’ to determine the two year-old child’s sex. “Once it was determined that the child was in fact a female, Mr. Schmidt was read his rights and formally charged with criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a minor, and resisting arrest,” Chief Bradshaw said, adding that Schmidt showed “zero remorse” for his crimes.
“This man is sick,” said Assistant District Attorney Angela Hanefeld. “Jacob Schmidt is a pervert who poses a grave threat to society and should never have been allowed near a child in the first place.” Mrs. Hanefeld said Schmidt’s two year-old daughter, whose identity is being kept secret for her safety, has been turned over to Child Protective Services while she awaits foster care. “It’s a very sad situation,” said Hanefeld. “Fortunately we have laws in place to keep predators like Jacob Schmidt off the streets.”