Police are seeking charges against a Hingham mother who they say was responsible for an underage house party for her daughter, a student at Thayer Academy, that included alcohol on Saturday, March 31. More than 30 teenagers were present, including some from Braintree.
On Monday, a criminal complaint was applied for at for the parent, Theresa Kenny, age 53, 8 Brewer Way, Hingham, for allowing alcohol to be delivered to minors, and being the keeper of a noisy and disorderly house.
arrived at Kenny’s West Hingham home just after 11 p.m. on Saturday and detained 30 teens from 17 different towns for underage drinking.
The officers arrived on Brewer Way after a report of a loud house party where teens were throwing empty beer cans out as they left. Hingham Police said the arriving officers found the road packed with 10-15 cars parked on both sides, and said it was difficult to pass. Police also said trash and debris was in the road.
Officers met Kenny at the door and she admitted she was having a party for her daughter, police said.
When Kenny brought the officers to the basement, officers noticed some teens running out the back door. Officers also could see beer cans, cups filled with beer and beer spilled on the tables, police said.
Officers were able to detain a total of 30 teenagers, ages from 15-18, in the basement. Officers learned other teens had driven away from the party before they arrived, police said.
Hingham Police were forced to call the teens’ parents after Kenny admitted the 30 teens identified by police were not sleeping at her house and most would have driven home.
The officers remained at the house until 12:40 a.m. and made sure a sober adult drove each vehicle home, as none were towed.
Police said the identified teens were from 17 towns: Braintree, Bridgewater, Dedham, Duxbury, Foxboro, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Mansfield, Marshfield, Milton, Norwell, Pembroke, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate and Weymouth.
Earlier in March, the were awarded a $5,000 grant to crack down on underage drinking.
Police said the grant would be used for officers to conduct efforts such as underage alcohol stings and compliance checks in businesses, cops in shops, party patrols, and surveillance patrols. Also, public education regarding the social host law will be conducted via the grant.