FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- A Fairfield mom is in trouble with the law after police said she served alcohol to underage people at a New Year’s Eve party, and one attendee later died.
Doreen Schafer, 52, was charged with furnishing alcohol to underage persons after authorities said they determined she provided beer for her daughter and several underage friends.
After the party, 20-year-old Aaron Jones crashed his vehicle near the entrance to Millikin Woods Park on South Washington Boulevard in Hamilton.
Investigators said he missed a curve and drove into a stone sign after hitting speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.
Jones was flown to a Cincinnati-area hospital where he later died.
"His alcohol level was over .20,” said Hamilton Police Sgt. Ed Buns. “At his age, he was not permitted to have more than .02 -- so (he was) 10 times the legal limit."
Buns said he investigated not only how the crash happened, but also where Jones got the alcohol.
The trail led him to a home on River Road in Fairfield.
Police say between 30 and 50 teens attended the New Year’s Eve party thrown there by Schafer.
"Alcohol was provided to the attendees of the party, many of which were 19 and 20 years old," Buns said.
After an investigation, Buns said officers gave evidence to the Ohio Investigative Unit and Schafer was cited.
"This was a fatality that didn't need to happen,” said Harold Torrens, the Ohio Investigative Unit's Cincinnati district agent. “We just want to curtail underage drinking -- and if we can do it with investigations like (this), that's what we're doing."
When alcohol is involved, Buns said the bottom line is parents have to be parents and not friends to their children.
"We all have responsibility and that responsibility is not to violate the law and to protect our children," he said.
Schafer is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in Fairfield Municipal Court.
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