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Police: Father took drugs while son, 4, drowned in foul pool

Posted: 12:29 PM, Apr 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-04 13:29:41-04

SLIDELL, La. (AP) – Police say a 4-year-old New Orleans-area boy drowned in a filthy backyard swimming pool, and his father has been arrested on charges of cruelty and negligent homicide charges.
  
Slidell Police said in a news release Wednesday that 24-year-old Zachary Brooks was taking drugs indoors and left Timothy Brooks unattended in the back yard when the child drowned March 5.
  
Brooks was arrested Saturday. Police discussed his arrest at a news conference Wednesday.
  
Police say the pool’s water was black and green, and the pool was full of debris. Investigators say they found lots of drug paraphernalia and suspected drugs in a house without running water, and littered with animal excreta and piles of trash and decaying food.
  
It was not clear whether Brooks has an attorney.