A Bethlehem couple that held an underage drinking party for local high school students last Friday night is facing a host of criminal charges after one of the partygoers ended up in a hospital intensive care unit with alcohol poisoning.
The 18-year-old girl was dropped off, unconscious, at Barrow Regional Medical Center in the early morning hours of Saturday. According to a sheriff’s report, she was “totally unresponsive” and was receiving medical support to prevent brain damage or death.
Deputies were told by hospital staff that the girl had been dropped off by three adults who claimed they had found her lying in the Target parking lot.
“They said they did not know her, although they said her name and a street name of where she lived,” the report states.
When a member of the hospital staff mentioned calling the sheriff’s office, all three left the hospital. They were described as two white males and a white female, all around 40 years of age.
Through intensive investigative work, deputies located the people and learned about the party the previous evening where a large number of teens had been given alcohol and two of them, fresh tattoos.
Deputies went to the party location on Harvey Lokey Road and found “numerous liquor bottles and alcoholic containers,” a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, and “numerous tattoo guns, needles, equipment, and over 40 bottles of tattoo ink.”
Horace Hutchinson, 36, and his wife, Stacey Hutchinson, 28, are facing 22 charges, including violation of the controlled substances act, maintaining a disorderly house, contributing to the delinquency of minors, and furnishing alcohol to persons under 21.
Horace Hutchinson also faces charges of tattooing the body of persons under the age of 18, according to incident reports.
The injured girl has been released from the hospital, but the investigation is continuing, according to Barrow County Sheriff’s investigator Matt Guthas.