Police arrested a Pennsylvania father on Nov. 7 after his 2-year-old son drowned in a pool while the father was passed out drunk.
David Gammon, a 35-year-old father of five children, was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment after 2-year-old Anakin Gammon passed away while in his care, reports Daily Mail.
Gammon was held on $150,000 bond pending his Nov. 17th court appearance.
Police discovered the boy after Anakin and his 5-year-old autistic brother were reported missing on Sept. 10.
Authorities say they found the 2-year-old unresponsive in a fenced-in backyard pool a few blocks away from his home.
He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Gammon admitted to police he had been drinking malt liquor when he dozed off on the lawn while playing with the boys. Police estimate the children had been left unsupervised for at least 30 minutes.
David's wife, Nickie, was upstairs sleeping, as she had reportedly been awake until 4 a.m. the previous night.
Gammon only realized his sons were missing after a third child asked a neighbor to help him find his brothers.
The neighbor yelled at and shook Gammon to wake him, adding the father smelled of alcohol and didn't understand what he was saying, reports WKBN.
The story drew outrage from online commenters.
"Have fun living the rest of your life regretting that dumb decision," wrote one person in Daily Mail's comments section. "If you are in charge of watching small children, try to avoid drinking until you pass out...this dumb-dumb shouldn't have been left in charge of a hamster, let alone two kids. What a loser, you killed your kid."
"You had just one job, dad," added another. "Thank God we no longer use the 'they've suffered enough' excuse to let these negligent parents off the hook."
"That father looks like a useless loser," said a third. "What a waste of a life this father has been given when he son didn't stand a chance."
Yet others were more sympathetic towards the father.
"An avoidable tragedy," said one. "My condolences to the friends and family of this beautiful little boy and his father, who will have to carry this stain on his soul for the rest of his days."
"Horrible but could have happened to anyone," chimed in another. "Families with young kids need fences and gates."