Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dad on trail for 5-year-old son's methodone poisoning (Severn, Maryland)

The poor little "scared" dad is identifed as PAUL K. BROOKS SR.

Severn father on trial for child abuse after boy drank methadone

Prosecutors say father waited until child lost consciousness to call 911

February 05, 2013|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

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.