Gardens police arrest Brian Layton, allegedly passed out drunk after daughter can't wake him

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Police arrested a 38-year-old man for alleged child neglect after police were called by a family member to their home Saturday because his daughter couldn't wake him up.

On Sunday, Brian Layton was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $6,000 surety bond. He is facing two counts of child neglect.

Palm Beach Gardens Police were dispatched to a house in the 9000 block of Applecrest Drive on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. to reports of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance in the front yard. The caller was the children's uncle, who said his niece had called him to say that her father, Layton, was passed out on the floor and she couldn't wake him.

When he was awakened, Layton allegedly became "extremely aggressive." Layton told police that he had "nothing" to drink that night, despite having a "strong smell of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his person."

Layton's children, a boy and a girl whose ages were not included in the police report, were also at the home. The daughter told police that the last thing she had to eat was "chips" at lunch time. She also couldn't say if her brother - who suffers from "four different types of epilepsy and autism," and frequent seizures - had been given his medication.

The officer said in the report that while at the home, the boy appeared to suffer two or three seizures.

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