A 50-year-old Cohasset woman and her teenage son pleaded not guilty today to charges that they hosted an underage drinking party that drew dozens of teenagers to their home on Saturday night.
Elizabeth McQuade and her son Taylor, 18, were released on personal recognizance after appearing in Quincy District Court. She faces charges of furnishing alcohol to minors under the ‘‘social host law,’’ keeping a disorderly house, and disturbing the peace. He faces charges of furnishing alcohol to minors and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Both were ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol and undergo in-home sobriety testing, while they wait for trial.
Prosecutor Erin Murphy said police found 30 people after they were called to the home on Deep Run for a report of underage drinking at about 10:55 p.m. Saturday.
The mother appeared shortly after police arrived, claiming she had just come from a friend's house, but she had actually been there 45 minutes before police showed up, according to witnesses, Murphy said.
"Somebody invited 30 people," said Judge Mark Coven. "This is not something where somebody was caught with a six pack … This is something far more complicated."
Defense attorney Catherine Sullivan said no one had alleged that the mother was drinking and only one person had told authorities that the mother was at the party 45 minutes before police arrived.
Sullivan called that witness's statement a "subjective view."
The mother was slated to return to court on Aug. 30 for a pre-trial conference and to deal with a recent previous domestic case involving alcohol. No details were immediately available on the previous case.
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