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Police: Md. father killed toddler with drugs

Thomas Everett Holland


Prince George's County Police Department via CBS affiliate WUSA

PALMER PARK, Md. - Police in Prince George's County, Md. have arrested a man who they say gave fatal amounts of cocaine and other drugs to his three-year-old son, killing him, reports CBS affiliate WUSA.

Thomas Everett Holland, 38, faces charges of first degree child abuse and manslaughter.

On the morning of January 26, police responded to United Medical Center in Southeast, D.C. for a death investigation. Police say Holland had taken his unresponsive son there for treatment.

Autopsy and toxicology tests revealed a number of drugs in the child's system, including toxic levels of cocaine, acetaminophen and codeine. Given the amount of toxic drugs and chemicals in the child's system, police say the drugs were not accidentally ingested, reports the station.

Holland was arrested on May 15 and remains in custody at the Department of Corrections.