Archive for April 8th, 2009

Two Girls Hospitalized, Mother And 25-Year-Old Guest Face Child Endangerment Charges

Karen Christine Downs, vodka mom

A mother is accused of providing alcohol to young teens at a party in Missouri and offering $10 to whomever could chug a glass of vodka the fastest.

Two girls were hospitalized.

Authorities in Kansas City say 43-year-old Karen Christine Downs and 25-year-old Kelsee Guest face felony child-endangerment charges alleging they provided liquor and beer to six 13- and 14-year-olds at a February birthday party for Downs’ daughter.

The Platte County prosecutor’s office said neither woman had a lawyer to speak for them as of Tuesday.

Authorities say girls at the party told officers Downs offered them shots and told them not to tell their parents.

While Downs allegedly offered money to the faster drinker, Guest is accused of pouring vodka shots.


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Jason Verbeckmoes and Karen Leisner recently presented during a breakout session at the 15th Annual Kansas Department of Transportation Safety Conference in Wichita, KS.  The session was titled: Reaching Students With Your Message: A Toolkit That Works.

To view the PowerPoint presentation that was delivered, please visit the Regional Prevention Center’s Website.  The presentation is located at the bottom of the front page or click here.

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