Police testified Tuesday that a Severn man, whose 5-year-old son lost consciousness last September after drinking methadone that the father acknowledged buying, waited more than an hour after the boy initially became ill to call for help because he "was scared."

The remark came as the trial of Paul K. Brooks Sr., 28, opened in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Brooks is facing child abuse and related charges. Three other charges in the case were dropped last month.

In opening statements, defense attorney Peter S. O'Neill conceded neglect and "poor judgment," but said Brooks was not guilty of child abuse.

Prosecutor Sandra F. Howell said the boy, Paul "Kris" Brooks Jr., was with his father when Brooks drove home from buying illegal methadone in the Lexington Market area last Sept. 4. The boy later vomited and told his father he'd sipped it, according to Howell.

Brooks' wife, Kimberly, who also faces charges, called a poison center at 6:50 p.m., but only when the boy stopped breathing did Brooks follow the authorities' advice to call fire and rescue crews, Howell said.

It was unclear from O'Neill's opening statements what Brooks knew about a poison center's instructions to his wife.

Howe said emergency workers revived the boy.

The trial resumes Wednesday.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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