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Three Teens Treated for Alcohol Poisoning After Essex Fells Party

Mom says she broke up party after alcohol was discovered. Two boys were found inebriated in the snow.

Three teens, including one who was found unconscious in the snow, wound up in the hospital Saturday night after an Essex Fells party was broken up when a parent told police she discovered kids were drinking. 

Essex Fells Police said a 14-year-old boy from Whippany was found passed out in the snow and a 15-year-old boy from Maplewood was semi-conscious outside on a night where temperatures dipped below freezing.

Both boys were taken to the hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning and hypothermia, according to police.

Later that night, a 15-year-old girl from Nutley, who had attended the party, was transported to the hospital for alcohol poisoning from a West Caldwell address, police said.

Police responded to a disturbance at a house on Wootton Road at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday when Officer Kevan Murphy and Sgt. William Theilacker found several groups of teens on the street and parents arriving to pick up the children.

The homeowner told police she asked the teens to leave when she discovered alcohol at the party. Police said the teens snuck vodka through a basement entrance.

“Officers were ensuring the juveniles were being picked up or returning to the house for shelter due to the below freezing temperatures when a 9-1-1 call was received for a sick juvenile at the residence,” police officials said.

Officers from North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Roseland and Caldwell assisted in releasing the teens to their parents. The West Essex First Aid Squad transported the teens to the hospital.

The incident remains under investigation by the juvenile bureau.

Wootten Road is located near Grover Cleveland Park just off of Roseland Avenue.

Correction: The article originally said the girl was from West Caldwell. 

WCaldResident February 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Something is up when that many teens from towns as far away as Nutley and Whippany and Maplewood come to Essex Fells for a party--???? and how clueless is the mother whose house it was at? More likely she knew about and probably provided the alcohol, and lied to avoid getting arrested for giving alcohol to minors. . Shame on her.
Bea I. February 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I'm not sure who you are , Ethel, but you have commented on every single patch about this poor woman. You seem to want to hurt her in some way for some reason?? I happen to know who she is and I have trusted my children with her on vacation in Florida! She is welcoming and kind and devotes her life to her children. Face it, her home was disrespected and if she was ok with it, the kids would have not been asked to leave and she would not have called the cops herself. So please find something else to do with your time. As for the kids being from other towns, she sends her kids to private school where the kids are ALWAYS from varying towns. Please get your facts straight.
Jordan February 14, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Thanks Bea, Ethel was starting to get on my nerves also. She must be mother(or father) of the year with perfect children. Thank god no one got seriously hurt.
Cheryl Lewandowski February 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
What did the mother think teenage kids would be doing???? Playing Candyland??
WCaldResident February 18, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Thanks, Cheryl

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