A 50-year-old Cohasset woman and her teenage son were arrested Saturday night after they allegedly hosted an underage drinking party at their home, police said.
Police responded to a neighborhood disturbance complaint at around 11 p.m. and found a large group of minors consuming alcohol and playing drinking games in the rear of a house on Deep Run, off Jerusalem Road, according to a statement from Cohasset police. Officers found empty beer cans and cups strewn around the property.
Elizabeth McQuade, 50, was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors under the social host law, keeping a disorderly house, and disturbing the peace.
Her son Taylor, 18, was also charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, as well as being a minor in possession of alcohol, the statement said.
Officers identified 23 minors at the party under the age of 19 14 females and nine males from Cohasset and other South Shore towns. They will be summoned to Quincy District Court to face charges of being minors in possession of alcohol, police said.
Were happy that we were able to get everyone home safely and hold the hosts of this party accountable, Cohasset police Lieutenant William Quigley said.
Witnesses said Elizabeth McQuade had been present at the house for an extensive period of time and was allegedly allowing the youths to drink, according to police.
The mother and son will be arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court, police said. No one at the home could be reached for comment Sunday night.
The social host law stems from a fatal crash that occurred in Cohasset on June 22, 1996, when a Marshfield teenager, left a graduation party intoxicated and was killed after hitting a tree on his ride home. His parents lobbied for the law, which was enacted in 2000.
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