Police: 5-Year-Old Takes Methadone, Father Charged

An investigation revealed suspected cocaine, marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun inside of the home.

A Severn man was arrested on multiple drug-related charges and child neglect charges are pending after he told police his 5-year-old son accidentally took methadone Tuesday night.

According to a press release from Anne Arundel County police, officers responded to the 1200 block of Reece Road in Severn for a report of a 5-year-old boy not breathing after he accidentally took methadone.

The child’s father advised that CPR was performed on the boy and fire department personnel immediately took over resuscitation efforts and successfully revived the child, according to police. The boy was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.

Police said the child's father allegedly gave officers a bottle of pink liquid that he said was methadone, and an investigation revealed that it was purchased illegally.

According to the police press release, a further investigation revealed the presence of additional illegal drugs inside of the home and—upon execution of the search warrant—suspected cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine was found in the home along with a loaded .357 Magnum and a .22 caliber rifle.

Police charged 28-year-old Paul Kristopher Brooks, of 1200 Reece Road in Severn, with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine; possession of methadone, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine; two counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a drug trafficking crime and one count of firearm accessible to a minor.

Charges are pending on an additional suspect and the investigation is ongoing into possible child neglect charges, according to police.

tonya1968 September 07, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Thank God this child survived! There have been to many child deaths caused by this liquid methadone which is given legally to treat addiction and then diverted. Wake up SAMHSA and FDA! www.stopmethadonedeaths.com
severn rn September 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
no this man needs to go to jail and spend a long time in jail for MULTIPLE felonies that have been found in this situation. if this was a young black man no one on here would feel sorry for him!!! this man and whoever else lived in this home should be put under the jail for putting this baby in danger. also just because the child lived does not mean he has full brain function. as a healthcare professional its sad the neglect that parents can get away with. he doesnt need help he needs to be put under the jail!!!!!
Julzbabe September 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
The items were out because he took them out for the police. Normally, none of the substances supposedly found were accessible to the minor. Also, everyone knows how badly the police and media blow things out of proportion to boost ratings from society. It makes me sick on any websites like these that people who don't know the facts or the situation always have somethIng to say, God forbid anybody has to go through the situation that this family is about to face in the coming months. I am praying for these people to get through this and to get the help they need.
Polly September 10, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Gee too bad he wasn't prosecuted the previous times he was charged. Shame on those that chose not do to so. There better not be a Nolle Prosequi on this one. Or does someone (a child) have to die first?
Lacey Wadkins September 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
yes i agree he needs help but tha doesn't change the fact that his 5year old son is now dead...and no amount of help will bring him back he will have to deal with that come judgement day!!!!! and smh...means shaking my head


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