Pasco County man charged with aggravated manslaughter for the death of daughter's 15-year-old friend

PASCO COUNTY - It is a sad story that according to Pasco County Sheriff every parent should be wary of, "Know who your kids are hanging out with. What their parents are like."

In this story with father, Ken Humphrey, it turned deadly.

"He was trying to be the cool dad." Detective Chet Cougill would surmise. But he would also say that dad, Ken Humphrey has now been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in connection with the death of 15-year-old Kaleigh Tzobanakis.

According to detectives, Humphrey was the father of one of Kaleigh's friend, and he would give his own daughter drugs. On the night of may 30th detectives say, Kaleigh decided she was going to sneak out of her house, and Humphry knowingly helped her sneak out and they came back, with his daughter, to his home on White Walnut in Hudson.

According to Detective Cougill the teens then began taking Coricidin.

"It is a brand name cold and cough medicine the kids call Triple C."
Detective Cougill says Humphrey then provided them with methadone, and then drove them to a drug store to pick up more Coricidin.

By 6 a.m. the next day, Kaleigh was in a coma. Two days later she died in a hospital.

Now following toxicology tests, and Humphrey's own daughter, Humphrey he has been charged with aggravated manslaughter.

"His own daughter," Cougill would commend, "is the one who came forward with the guts to tell us about what really took place."

Bigger than that though, according to Sheriff Nocco, is the message it should send to everyone. For the first time in Pasco County someone has been charged because they provided the drugs that ultimately lead to that person's death, in this case Kaleigh's death.

"It's just as bad as pulling the trigger on somebody...as it is giving them the drugs that killed her," Nocco said.

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