Via Washington Post:
Police charged 38-year-old Thomas Everett Holland with first-degree child abuse and manslaughter after a medical examiner’s report ruled the boy’s death a homicide, Prince George’s County police said.
Toxicology tests revealed Jayson Maurice Holland had cocaine, acetaminophen, codeine and a drug commonly found in allergy medicine coursing through his body, according to police and court records.
“Those results are showing there was such a concentration of [the] four drugs that our detectives and medical examiners believe there is no chance this child could have accidently ingested them,” said Lt. William Alexander, a spokesman for Prince George’s County Police.
Although the boy died months ago, Alexander said, charges against Holland didn’t come until this week when toxicology results became available.
Jayson’s uncle, Davon Hicks, said his family was shocked to learn of the child’s death and even more horrified knowing how the “happy little boy” who loved football and Spider-Man died.
“He was 100 percent healthy,” said Hicks, the brother of Jayson’s mother, Shinee Hicks. “Just a regular boy with not a care in the world.”
Jayson’s mother had been seeking child support from Holland for most of the boy’s life, in what Davon Hicks described as a “long, drawn-out” court battle. Holland had denied being Jayson’s father, and did not attend Jayson’s funeral, Davon Hicks said.
Court records show Holland at one point owed $6,000 in back child support, and a judge later ordered him to pay his debt, as well as monthly child support.
Court records indicate that in December, Holland complained that Shinee Hicks and Jayson were not home twice in November when he was scheduled to pick up his son for visitation. He asked that Jayson’s mother be held in contempt of court, which a judge later denied.