Police arrest second person in drugged-child case
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
A second person has been arrested in connection with a 9-year-old girl who was hospitalized last month after an apparent drug overdose.
The girl was staying at the home of Annie Brooks, 20, 3301 SW 13th St., from Sept. 27-29, according to Gainesville police. On Sept. 29, she was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center because she was unconscious and seemingly reacting to a drug overdose, according to police.
A preliminary test at the hospital revealed the girl had benzodiazepine in her system, a police report said.
Brooks told police that the girl had ingested some medication and was slurring her speech, was unable to walk, was having convulsions and throwing up, the report said.
On Sept. 28, Brooks and a man staying with her, Michael Edward Tucholski, 26, of Archer, had medicated the child, the report said. Brooks told police that the girl had convulsions and had to be held up while being bathed because she was unresponsive, the report said.
The girl later told investigators that Tucholski had given her three white pills. She was still feeling the effects of the pills days later, she said.
Brooks did not get medical help for the child throughout the time that she was supposed to be caring for her, the report said.
Brooks was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm. She was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday on $15,000 bond.
Tucholski was arrested on Oct. 5 on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm.