5-year-old ingests methadone; father gets arrested

A 28-year-old Severn man was arrested on multiple gun and drug charges Tuesday after paramedics responded to his home and found his 5-year-old son had ingested methadone, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Paul Kristopher Brooks, of the 1200 block of Reece Road, could also face child neglect charges, and charges are also pending against an additional, unidentified suspect, police said.

Emergency personnel first responded to Brooks' home about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller reported the boy was not breathing after accidentally ingesting the prescription narcotic and powerful liquid pain killer, police said.

When police officers arrived on the scene, Brooks handed them a bottle of pink liquid he said was methadone and which officers later determined had been purchased illegally, police said.

Paramedics were able to revive the boy, who was not identified, and he was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, police said.

His condition could not be determined Wednesday.

The county Police Department's Tactical Narcotics Team subsequently obtained a search warrant for the home, and inside found "suspected cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine in sufficient enough quantity to indicate distribution," police said.

They also found more methadone, as well as a loaded .357 Magnum revolver and a .22 caliber rifle, police said.

Brooks has been charged with possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and methadone, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a drug trafficking crime and one count of allowing a firearm to be accessible to a minor.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.



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