Police: Child drowns while father used drugs

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Police in south Louisiana say a father was taking drugs when his 4-year-old son drowned in a pool.

Slidell Police arrested Zachary Brooks and charged him with negligent homicide and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

According to Slidell Police, officers began investigating the death of 4-year-old Timothy Brooks on March 5.

When officers arrived, they found the home in “deplorable condition,” with animal feces, urine, trash and decaying food piled up around the house. The house had no running water, and the swimming pool was full of black and green water.

Investigators determined that Timothy’s father, Zachary Brooks, had been doing drugs inside the home while his child was unattended in the backyard.

Brooks is currently being held on a $200,000 bond at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

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