Family Speaks To News 12 About Underage Drinking Party

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Updated: 10/29/2012 11:46 pm
That 13-year-old boy is out of the hospital Monday night.

We caught up with his grandmother, and she describes the situation as outrageous.

Now, to protect her family, she asked that we conceal her identity.

The grandmother tells News 12, "My grandson could have died."

She says do not be fooled by these innocent halloween decorations on Brookrun Drive because she says what went on inside is bone chilling.

The grandmother tell us, "We were told there would be an adult at the party and that the children would be safe, and then we get a call that our grandson had consumed a lot of alcohol."

So much so that police say the 13-year-old was unresponsive.

Neighbors actually saw the party getting out of hand and called the police.

That is when the 13-year-old was taken to Children's Hospital.

Chief Phil Hamrick, with the Soddy-Daisy Police Department, says, "We found some intoxicated teenagers inside the vehicle, one 19-year-old had some brass knuckles and some kind of prescription medication on him."

This grandmother says the only adult at the home, Jeffery O'Malley, threw the party for his teenage children, children all under the age of 16.

She says he also bought the liquor for the party goers.

"My grandson had 215 mg.  I'm not sure what that means. 400 is lethal for an adult.  That's what it had on the hospital papers," according to the grandmother.

Hamrick adds, "Anytime we find children drinking, we're going to try and track it back to the source, so we can charge the person who's supplying the alcohol or allowing them to drink."

O'Malley is now charged with 8 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to the grandmother, "It never crossed our mind that this man would give to children, not teenagers, they were children."

This grandmother says she will now think twice when she hears the words, supervised party.

She adds, "What does it take, a child dying, to stop these adults from giving children liquor?"

O'Malley's charges are all misdemeanors.

He could not be reached for comment.

As far as the 13-year-old at the party?

Well, his grandmother says he will be grounded for one year.
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VolsFan - 10/30/2012 9:53 AM
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I think the media should investigate all the facts before making such allegations. The police who were called assumed there was a party - when in fact, Mr. O'Malley was asleep upstairs, the children had invited friends over to hang out in the garage - one of the parent's of a child there actually provided the alcohol - not Mr. O'Malley. The alcohol the police are accusing him of having was in the home and had been in the home since last Christmas. Yes - he is certainly quilty of not properly supervising his children in this incident but he is not guilty of providing any such alcohol as stated in the media.
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