The authorities tend to frown on getting teenage girls drunk, even if it's your daughter's birthday party. Karen Christine Downs discovered this unfortunate fact in February 2009. Now, she'll be spending 30 days in jail and the next two years on probation, according to the Star.
In May, the 45-year-old Downs pleaded guilty to child endangerment for providing booze to minors at her daughter's sleepover birthday party. Cops responding to a noise complaint at Downs' home found 60 to 70 empty beer bottles and
several bottles of bourbon, vodka and whiskey scattered throughout the
basement as well as some really, really drunk teen girls.
Six girls, all between 13 and 14 years of age, admitted
they'd been drinking. Two girls were taken to the hospital for alcohol
poisoning. One girl was unconscious with a blood alcohol content later
determined to be a frightening .218. Another girl told the cops that she'd had a beer and nine or 10 shots of vodka. Northland girls apparently aren't lightweights.
Downs, apparently trying to play the cool mom, had offered the girls shots of vodka if they promised not to tell their parents. Downs and another woman, Kelsee Guest, told the girls to pony up for more booze when they ran out. Downs and Guest went on a liquor run.
Downs won't be allowed to drink or possess alcohol or go to bars and has to complete 70 hours of community service and attend parenting classes, which she sorely needs.
Last month, Guest pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 21.