A Pennsylvania father was arrested after his 2-year-old son drowned in a swimming pool while the father was allegedly passed out drunk when he was supposed to be watching the little boy and his 5-year-old brother, The New York Post reported.
David Gammon, 35, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment on Tuesday after his son, Anakin Gammon, died in September.
“There is probable cause that David Gammon was reckless in consuming enough alcohol, while caring for his children, that he lost consciousness allowing them to wander from the property,” police said in a complaint leading to Gammon’s arrest.
Gammon allegedly told police he had been merely “sipping” on Four Loko when Anakin and his older brother were playing on the lawn outside his house. Gammon then allegedly passed out, and the children wandered away from his house.
A neighbor came over and woke Gammon up after a third Gammon son said he couldn’t wake his dad or find his brothers, the Post reported.
The neighbor told police that Gammon smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated.
After the boys were reported missing, police found the 5-year-old, who has special needs, a few blocks away. But Anakin was found unconscious in a backyard swimming pool a full nine blocks away.
Though emergency responders tried to revive the boy, he was later pronounced dead at a hospital. A medical examiner ruled that he had died from drowning.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Gammon remained jailed to await his next court hearing on November 17.
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