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Mother Cited For Providing Children Alcohol

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WISN: A Kewaskum mother is accused of serving kids as young as 11 years old alcohol at her 12-year-old daughter's birthday party.

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Officers said the party happened at a West Bend Hampton Inn.

The general manager told 12 News that he found the evidence the children had been drinking.

On Sunday, West Bend police began investigating an underage drinking party Investigators said the mother in the case gave alcohol to 10 children, ages 11 to 14, during a limo ride and hotel party. The party took place two weeks ago.

A sixth-grader and eighth-grader who claimed to be at the party talked to 12 News about the incident.

"I didn't know there was going to be drinking there, and I felt kind of pressured because everybody else was doing it," the sixth-grader said.

"In the limo, they were kind of just passing it on and every time it got passed on someone drank some. So I just took a little sip and I just passed it on and every time it came to me I just passed it on and didn't take anymore," the eighth-grader said.

Their mother didn't want the pair to be identified. One of the students said she was worried about the birthday girl.

"I asked her what was wrong and she said nothing. She just had a couple Mike's Hard Lemonades down at the pool with her mom," the eighth-grader said.

Police said the Kewaskum Middle School students talked about the party, eventually telling some parents.

Investigators said the mother is cooperating and will not face criminal charges -- instead citations amounting to nearly $7,000.

"That was the only charge that was appropriate so far, as long as the investigation has revealed so far," Lt. Paul Pokorski said.

Many parents said the punishment is not enough.

"I think that's terrible. I don't think it should be done even in high school, more or less middle school. I think it's awful," parent Wendy Dehling said.

There were other adults at the party, but police said the drinking did not take place in front of them.

The hotel's manager said there were no signs of underage drinking until after the party.

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chris January 7, 2010, 4:05 AM

They can’t charge her with child endangerment? providing alcohol to a minor? There has to be something they can charge her with! I would be pissed if my child was in her care and she let them drink. Just another stupid parent who wants to be friends with their kids instead of being a parent.

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