Severn parents charged after child drinks methadone

SEVERN, Md. - Two Severn parents have been charged with child abuse and other charges in the September 4, 2012 incident, where their five-year-old son drank methadone. The child passed out, but was resuscitated after paramedics performed CPR.

Anne Arundel County Police Department patrol officers arrived on the scene and spoke with the child's father, who handed officers a bottle of pink liquid that he advised was methadone. Investigation revealed that the methadone was purchased illegally.   

At the time, further investigation revealed the presence of additional quantities of illegal drugs inside of the home. Patrol supervision contacted the district Tactical Narcotics Team for assistance. The team obtained a search and seizure warrant for the address. Upon execution of the search warrant, members of the Western District Tactical Narcotics Team found suspected cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine in sufficient enough quantity to indicate distribution. Officers also found additional quantities of methadone. Further searches revealed a loaded .357 Magnum and a .22 caliber rifle.
The child's father, Paul Kristopher Brooks, Jr., 28, of 1222 Reece Road in Severn, Maryland, (DOB 4/18/84) was charged on September 5th 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.
As a result of the child consuming the Methadone, Officers continued their investigation into the matter and have been consulting with prosecutors regarding possible child abuse charges for Brooks as well as the child's mother (Brooks' wife), Kimberly Brooks (DOB 7/17/84) of the same address.  On Friday, September 21st, an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury indicted both Paul Brooks, Jr. and Kimberly Brooks on twelve counts, including drug possession and firearms charges..

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