Severn couple facing child abuse charges after child drank methadone

Parents each face 12-count indictments

September 28, 2012|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

A Severn couple already facing drug and weapons charges after rescue workers and police were called to their house for a report that their child accidentally took methadone are now also under indictment on child abuse and neglect counts.

Paul Kristopher Brooks Sr., and his wife, Kimberly Brooks, both 28, are facing 12-count indictments, that include child abuse, firearms and drug charges, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County prosecutors said Friday.

All charges stem from an incident Sept. 4, when their son became unconscious and stopped breathing after ingesting methadone. The 5-year-old boy was revived and taken to a nearby hospital, according to spokeswoman Kristin Fleckenstein.

An attorney for Paul Brooks had no immediate comment Friday.

Police spoke to the child's father when they arrived at the home after 8 p.m. Sept. 4., and he gave them a bottle of a pink liquid he told them was methadone illegally bought around Lexington Market in Baltimore, according to charging documents. He told them his son drank some from a cup in console of his car on the way home, according to the documents.

He called poison control officials, who told him to take the child to a hospital immediately, and Kimberly Brooks chose to watch the boy at home "until his condition worsened," the documents allege.

The ensuing 911 call said the child threw up and passed out, had a pulse but was not breathing, and was receiving CPR, according to the police statement of charges.

A search of the Brooks' home turned up suspected cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine "in sufficient enough quantity to indicate distribution," as well as more methadone and two guns, according to a prepared statement from the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.

At the time, police said they would be consulting with county prosecutors on the possibility of child abuse and related charges.

"The police consulted with our prosecutors who decided to charge on child abuse and child neglect," Fleckenstein said.

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