Parents Don't Kill a Child With Alcohol Hosting Parties Where Kids Die by Cincinnati Attorney

West Chester, Mason, and Cincinnati Ohio

Parents please don't host a party where you let children drink. You could kill a child. You could kill others through your neglect if the person gets in the car and hurts others.  Some parents think it's fashionable to let their kids drink at home with them . Some parents even let kids other than their own drink at their home. You could be civilly and criminally responsible . Just click on this link from the State of Ohio to see.  http://www.com.ohio.gov/liqr/docs/liqr_ParentsHost.pdf

•  It is illegal to host or allow
teen drinking parties in your home.
What parents should know:
•  As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s
friends under the age of 21, under any circumstance,
even in your own home, even with their parent’s
permission.
•  You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other
than you own child, to remain in your home or on
your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.
If you break the law:
•  You can face a maximum sentence of six months in
jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
•  Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone
under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt
themselves or damage property.
•  Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used
in committing the offense.
I just read the story of Shelby Allen. Determined to drink 15 shots she died from alcohol. More disturbing is she drank them at a friend's house while the parents were home. According to the story she was invited to a friend's house where there was drinking. The father went upstairs and told the girls not to drink as he left them around an open bar. Great example . What an idiot. Though he certainly meant no harm .
Later Shelby drank 15 shots and was passed out after vomiting in the toilet. Except she was not passed out she was dead. One girl had earlier texted a boyfriend to come over for help because Shelby was shaking and not responding but he couldn't .
There's a lot more to the story. You can read about it in good housekeeping. As a lawyer there's many cases I decline . It's not always a moral issue. But in a case like this where you let kids in your home you have a legal and moral obligation. (All laws should be based on sound moral principles but who always agrees on  morality) I don't care if you agree or not. Its the law. And I hope that if you are so careless to allow underage drinking and a child dies you  pay. But my fervent hope is that you don't let kids drink in your home.
I had my two kids read the article , not so much because I was concerned  that they would drink to excess, but who really knows for sure. But more so because I want them to know what to do if they see a kid in trouble. "Teach your children well" but maybe its the parents who need a lesson.
I don't mean to come off holier than thou. But this story really hit me. So sad to lose a child . All the more so when it could and should have been prevented. Here's the link to the site Shelby's rules.
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