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L.I. Mom Charged After ‘Out-Of-Control’ Party Sends Teen To Hospital

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Michele McKinney (credit: Suffolk County Police)

Michele McKinney (credit: Suffolk County Police)

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RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island mother who was arrested after a wild, drunken party that sent a 14-year-old girl to the hospital is facing criminal charges for the out-of-control event that prompted calls to 911.

Suffolk County Police
came to the home of Michele McKinney Monday night after she complained a reporter was knocking on her door. And they were there on Saturday night as well — answering the complaints of neighbors.

Rich Griffin was one of several neighbors who called 911 because the party next door was too noisy.

“There had to be 150 kids here. Unbelievable, yeah,” Griffin told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “All teenagers.”

Police said one of those teens was a 14-year-old girl, who was taken to the hospital for drinking too much, all of which earned the 44-year-old mother of three an arrest on Monday.

Michael and Mary Connolly said McKinney keeps to herself and were somewhat surprised to hear she had been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

“I noticed the kids wandering around. The police were called here,” Michael Connolly said. “I think it’s a little bit irresponsible on her part.”

“Especially since she’s an adult and should know better. I mean, you should never have a party with drinks with minors to begin with,” Mary Connolly said.

McKinney was released on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Nov. 16.

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