FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Fountain police say two men and two women face felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The four were arrested late Wednesday after police said they found a 17-year-old boy lying in the street in the 600 block of Rye Ridge Road early Wednesday morning. Police said he was unconscious and unresponsive, and was taken to Memorial Hospital.
The boy's father told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that his son was released from the hospital Friday and is recovering at home. He declined to be interviewed.
Police learned the teen and several other people had gathered Tuesday night at the home of Dawn Mayes, 38, and said alcohol was provided to the victim and to two other minors -- including one of the men arrested.
Also taken into custody were Cameron D. Allgier, 18; Trey D. Dawson, 21; and Amanda M. Herzog, 24. Police said Allgier gave the victim cold medicine to mix with alcohol to get high.
Mayes was freed on bond and said police have the facts wrong.
"I didn't invite (the victim)," she said. "He invited himself. He'd already been drinking and taking pills when he arrived with (Allgier and Dawson). I didn't know them and asked them to leave but (Herzog) encouraged them to stay. They got beer out of my refrigerator, then went out and got more alcohol. They were drinking out in the garage."
Police said the victim was visiting a 19-year-old male across the street when both came to the home.
"It was supposed to be a barbecue for me and (Herzog) to celebrate her husband coming home from (Army) deployment soon," Mayes said. "She came to visit me from Texas. I didn't know there was a problem until after I went to bed and the commotion woke me up."
Mayes said when the victim passed out, several people tried to carry him across the street before police arrived.
She said the incident is upsetting because her husband will return from Army deployment soon, and she has three kids to care for.
"I'm embarrassed," Mayes said. "I'm being treated like a criminal in my own home. Yes, I should have been the responsible adult, but I will not be held responsible because I did not provide the alcohol, I did not provide the pills."
Police said they often do cite minors for underage drinking, but that likely won't happen in this case.
"You kind of start looking at the responsibility of the adults around," said Cpl. Tara Mallett. "I think what happens is parents want to be the cool parents, and their kids are there, so then their kids invite friends over, and they're having a family gathering or whatever, and they think it's going to be cool and OK to provide alcohol to the kids."
Mayes said she regrets the incident.
"I was very concerned about that young man," she said of the victim. I do know that young man because he used to hang out with some of my kids. But I'm going to fight this in court."
The Fountain Police Department reminds adults to be aware of who is consuming alcohol during gatherings where alcohol is provided.
If you have any information on this incident, call the Fountain Police Department Investigations Division at (719) 382-6936. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the Investigations Division Tip Line at (719) 382-6956 or with Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).