Man Arrested After Underage Grandkids Found With Alcohol
With the cold temperatures one would expect children to be drinking things like hot chocolate or cocoa. But one Gainesville grandfather is in jail after three of his grandkids and another child-- all ten or younger-- told police they were given alcohol.
51-year-old Ray Brooks of Northeast Gainesville claimed he was the victim of a robbery, but when police arrived, they say a different crime had been committed. During a party at Brooks' Eden Park apartment, children-- far underaged-- were seen drinking alcohol. The four children were taken to Shands and Brooks was later arrested and charged with four counts of child neglect.
"It appears the children had access throughout the whole party or the latter part of the evening when they were at that residence to multiple beers that were either open or they opened themselves," said GPD Det. James McCollum.
Brooks told police he didn't allow them to drink, but they might have found the alcohol. Each count of child neglect is a third degree felony.
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