Sunday 18 March 2018

Woman charged after giving teenagers rum

Jon Swaine

A woman in New York has been accused of a criminal offence after giving rum to two teenagers who helped her shovel snow.

Silvia Deleon, 41, was charged with two counts of unlawfully dealing with a minor after the pair, aged 17 and 18, were discovered in a "highly intoxicated state" and their parents called the police.

David Chong, the public safety police commissioner in White Plains, New York, said the teenagers were passing and saw Ms Deleon struggling to clear the snow left by the blizzard earlier this week.

They offered to shovel her driveway and dig her car out "as a good deed," according to a police report on the incident.

Ms Deleon shared a bottle of rum with the teenagers after they completed the work. She then drove them to a nearby liquor store where she bought another bottle, which they also shared, Mr Chong said.

After embarking on a search for the teenagers, one of their mothers discovered them drunk with Ms Deleon, he added.

The legal drinking age in New York is 21.

Mr Chong told local radio: "My suggestion is it's much better to just tip these boys."

He added: "This woman should have known better than to be plying them with alcohol."

Ms Deleon could not be reached for comment.

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