A man who drove his unresponsive toddler to a hospital in January has been charged with the boy's death after toxicology tests showed large amounts of drugs in the child's system, according to Prince George's County Police.
Police on Thursday arrested Thomas Everett Holland, 38, of the 7600 block of Allendale Drive in Palmer Park in the January death of his 3-year-old son. Holland faces charges of first-degree child abuse and manslaughter.
Officers responded to United Medical Center in Southeast Washington on Jan. 26 for a death investigation. Holland had driven his unresponsive child there for treatment and the boy was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, police said.
An autopsy and toxicology tests were performed on the child. The recently returned toxicology results revealed a number of drugs in the child’s system, including toxic levels of cocaine, acetaminophen and codeine. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.
Given the amount of toxic drugs and chemicals in the child’s system, authorities don’t believe the boy accidentally ingested the drugs.
On May 15, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Holland and arrested him at his home without incident. He remains in custody at the Department of Corrections.