NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A North Kingstown mother was taken into police custody Saturday night after officers say she hosted an underage drinking party for more than 100 teenagers for her daughter’s 16th birthday.
According to a police report obtained by WPRI.com, a North Kingstown officer went to a Wilbert Way home after receiving an anonymous call that there were kids drinking alcohol and running through the neighborhood, urinating on multiple neighbors’ properties.
As the officer approached the house he witnessed a swarm of partygoers running from the home, many not dressed for the cold weather. The patrolmen said he then spoke to a young couple sitting in a parked car outside the house who told him more teens were drinking inside.
The couple told the officer the party was for Jayne Donegan’s daughter and that both women were inside the house. Donegan works as a corporate attorney, according to a police report.
Police said that after approaching the house, Donegan was uncooperative and tried to slam the door on the officer. The report states that Donegan yelled at him: “You can’t be in my house, I’m an attorney and I know my rights! Get out of my house if you don’t have a warrant!”
Donegan then ran to the phone and told the officer she was calling for more police, the report stated. She denied she was drinking when questioned by police.
“We were concerned there was a safety issue there. The more our officer interacted with this person – he was getting little to no cooperation,” North Kingstown Police Chief Thomas Mulligan told Eyewitness News.
The patrolman said he then went down to the basement and reported seeing close to 50 kids, black lights, revolving disco lights, glow sticks, scattered bottles of alcohol, a makeshift bar and a beer pong table. The kids then directed the officer upstairs to Donegan’s daughter’s room, where they believed she was sleeping.
The police report states a 16-year-old, whose name was not released, was found in the bedroom surrounded by about 10 other friends, gripping a bucket and dry heaving. The teen was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
According to police, further checks of the house revealed two more girls hiding in the upstairs bathroom. One of them, whom police said was unresponsive and lying in her own vomit, was transported to Kent Hospital.
Donegan was taken into custody and charged with violating the state’s social host law, simple assault on a police officer, and obstructing an officer. She was released on $5,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to be formally arraigned in February.
Rhode Island State Police officials also assisted in the investigation.