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Adults charged with providing alcohol to 13-, 14-year-old girls at a party

Authorities have charged a Platte County mother and another woman after they allegedly provided alcohol to several 13- and 14-year old girls at a birthday party.

When the party was over, two of the girls were taken to a hospital with possible alcohol poisoning.

Karen Christine Downs, 43, and Kelsee Guest, 25, were charged Monday with first-degree child endangerment for allegedly providing liquor and beer for the girls, said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd.

Downs is accused of offering $10 to whoever could chug a glass of vodka fastest, Zahnd said. Guest allegedly poured shots for the girls.

According to court documents, two girls, ages 13 and 14, eventually passed out after consuming alcohol at the 14th birthday party. They were later taken to the hospital. One of the girls had a blood alcohol content of .218, nearly three times the legal limit.

About 2 a.m. Feb. 22, Kansas City police went to a house in the 1600 block of Northwest 55th Terrace in Kansas City, North, after a report of a loud party.

Officers found six 13- or 14-year old girls, according to court documents. Statements from several of the girls indicated they had been drinking heavily.

One girl was unconscious and transported to the hospital. Her blood alcohol content later was determined to be .218. Another girl also was hospitalized, Zahnd said.

Officers found about 70 empty beer bottles and several empty bourbon and vodka bottles scattered throughout the basement of the residence.

The girls told authorities that Downs offered shots to the girls, but told the girls they could not tell their parents about it, court records stated.

When they ran out of alcohol, Guest allegedly asked the girls whether they had money to buy another bottle of vodka. Downs, Guest and one of the girls bought more vodka. One of the girls said she had beer and nine or 10 shots of vodka, Zahnd said.

Downs is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond; Guest is being held in lieu of a $20,000 bond. If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison.

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