I was not aware that serving alcohol to a minor could result in a charge of intentional child abuse, but am happy that is the case. Easy access to alcohol in your teen years could be the difference between living and dying.
Man charged with serving alcohol to youth
Las Cruces Police have charged a man suspected of serving alcohol to a 14-year-old boy who became extremely intoxicated and had to be hospitalized.
Jesse Ramos, 29, is charged with one count each of intentional child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, Las Cruces Police were called to the 14-year-old boy’s home where officers found the boy unconscious and vomiting. The boy was transported to Memorial Medical Center where a blood draw indicated a .209 blood alcohol content which is nearly three times the legal limit of intoxication for an adult.
Officers interviewed the boy’s mother who said her son had gone to a neighbor’s(It is so easy to blame the mother, but my hat is off to single moms who are struggling daily to make ends meet!), Ramos’, apartment. The boy was at Ramos’ apartment for about 30 minutes when Ramos went to the boy’s residence and told his mother that her son was sick in his apartment.
The boy’s mother went downstairs and found her son on his back, choking and with vomit on his face. She took the boy back to their apartment and called 911.
LCPD investigators allege that Ramos gave the boy some mixed drinks of vodka and orange juice. Detectives said that after consuming a few mixed drinks the boy started drinking the vodka straight out of the bottle.
The boy received treatment at Memorial Medical Center. Ramos was arrested that evening and incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $15,000.