The Slidell Police Department reports the arrest of Zachary Brooks (24) on the charges of Negligent Homicide and Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile. The arrest follows an investigation into the drowning death of Timothy Brooks (4) in the backyard swimming pool of his Slidell home on March 5, 2018.
Timothy was found unresponsive in the backyard swimming pool, transported to a local hospital, and later pronounced dead. Investigators reportedly found the residence to be in a deplorable condition with animal feces and urine and trash and decaying food throughout the house. The house had no running water, and the swimming pool was full of black and green water and riddled with debris. The most disturbing find was the amount of drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics throughout the residence.
It was discovered that, at the time of Timothy’s drowning, he was left unattended in the backyard while Zachary Brooks engaged in using illegal narcotics inside of the home. This gross and criminal negligence led to the untimely death of Timothy Brooks.