In Massachusetts, an arrest has been made in connection to the underage drinking party where 17-year-old Taylor Meyer was last seen. Meyer’s body was found on October 20 following an exhaustive search involving fire, police, and rescue teams.
The Plainville teen disappeared on October 17 after leaving the party. Meyer wasn’t reported missing until the next day. While family thought that the King Philip High School senior was with friends, her friends thought she was with family.
Officials say that Meyer’s cause of death was drowning. Her body was discovered in a marshy area close to Miller Street bridge.
This week, Christopher Moran was arrested in connection with the underage drinking party. Moran reportedly told police that he brought 12 beers to the party and that he got the beers from his parent’s refrigerator.
Some 20 teens attended the party, which was held at an abandoned Norfolk airport. The teens reportedly drank beer and vodka. Police have been investigating how the teens were able to obtain alcohol for the party.
• In Massachusetts, it is illegal to give or buy alcohol for anyone younger than 21.
• Also, anyone younger than 21 who is caught with or around alcohol or drugs is subject to arrest.
• Parents may be contacted if the teen is under 18.
• The parents of minors who host house parties where alcohol is accessible can be held liable in both civil and criminal courts.
Teen Arrested In Fatal Drinking Party Probe, The Boston Channel, October 30, 2008
Police launch criminal probe into Taylor Meyer’s death, Boston Herald, October 29, 2008
Autopsy shows no foul play in Taylor Meyer’s death, Boston Herald, October 22, 2008
Drinking Party That Ended In Teen’s Death Eyed, The Boston Channel, October 29, 2008
Helping teens stay safe during party season, Wicked Local, May 16, 2008
Laws Related to Alcohol, MIT.edu
If you are a juvenile who has been arrested for a crime in Massachusetts, it is important that you remember that you are entitled to be represented by an experienced Boston juvenile crimes lawyer and that you don’t have to talk to police unless your attorney is present.
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