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Mansfield Avenue Teen Drinking Party Busted

Are you the parent of a Darien teenager? Know where he or she was just before 8 p.m. Friday?

The 16-year-old host of a busted teen drinking party was not only too young to drink — at first she wouldn't even face the cops to answer questions, according to a police report.

Darien police described the incident with this account (an accusation not proven in court, although a police spokesman did not know whether charges would be filed in this case):

At about 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, a passer-by told police that three young males were carrying beer into a house at 328 Mansfield Avenue. Police went to the house.

Police spoke with the young hostess at the front door. As they spoke, a host of teenagers (an undetermined number) scrambled away.

The girl told police she was going to get one of her parents, leaving them at the front door.

And she never came back.

Police found seveal liquor bottles in the back yard, including tequilla and vodka. Beer cans were also in the yard, including Miller Light and Coors Light. Police said the alcohol was found "throughout the back yard."

A table was set up near a pool with several red cups of beer on it, perhaps for a beer-drinking game.

Police eventually found the young hostess on the property. She admitted that she lied about one of her parents being present. She did that because she was scared, she said. (The girl had said the parent was sleeping upstairs.)

While police were at the scene, a family friend drove up to the house. The friend, who lives within a mile of the house, told police she had agreed to look after the girl while her parents were away. The friend advised the girl not to talk to police until at least one of the girl's parents were present.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, with the youth division and the Darien High School resource officer following up.


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