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Boy Hospitalized After Booze Party
September 1, 2013 permalink
Stephen Vinczer, the twelve-year-old son of active Canada Court Watch member Attila Vinczer, was hospitalized after a party at which he was served excessive quantities of alcohol. The hospital tested his alcohol at toxic levels.
Newmarket woman charged after boy given booze at party
A 49-year-old Newmarket woman has been charged with giving alcohol to a minor during a house party.
Police were called to investigate after Attila Vinczer, a Newmarket man, said his 12-year-old son, Steven, suffered alcohol poisoning and had to be rushed to the hospital after a party at which he admitted to drinking numerous “porn star cocktails”.
Before allowing his son to attend, Mr. Vinczer said he was assured during an telephone call that there would be parental supervision the night of the party.
“I was told an adult would be there and the kids would be safe and I had no reason to disbelieve that,” the single father said.
“I was given the impression there would be sufficient adult supervision.”
However, when it came time for pick up at 11 p.m., Mr. Vinczer was shocked to see his stumbling son being led to his car by two young girls.
“Things didn’t look right,” he said.
After inquiring what had gone wrong, the two girls allegedly told him that Steven must have spent too much time in the sun.
And when he asked if drugs or alcohol had been involved, they replied no.
When Mr. Vinczer talked to his son and asked him what was wrong, all he got in reply was incoherent mumbling and something about drinking “pop”.
Unsure if the problem was alcohol or a medical condition, Mr. Vinczer rushed his son to Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Once in emergency, medical staff treated the boy and hooked him to life-monitoring devices, he said.
Before long, he vomited.
“It was at that point that I smelled booze,” Mr. Vinczer said. “I am quite a calm person by nature, but, inside, I was just livid that something like this could have happened.”
After eight hours in hospital, where Steven’s body was hooked up to an intravenous and flushed of all alcohol, the 48-year-old and his son finally went home at 7 a.m.
According to Mr. Vinczer, doctors said Steven had consumed so much liquor that at that level, even an adult would be on the verge of alcohol poisoning.
The next morning, he said his son received texts from friends who reported feeling ill and regretting the night before, when they were drinking a concoction of two different types of liqueur and 7-Up.
Prompted by doctors, Mr. Vinczer said he called police to get to the bottom of what happened, which Steven said involved five young people in their early teens or younger.
As for Mr. Vinczer, he has been left in disbelief by the incident, which took place in late June.
“It really, really bothered me,” the business consultant said. “I take immense care to make sure my kids are safe from this kind of activity. I just can’t believe that by allowing him to go to a party for 2-1/2 hours, he could get into this deep of a problem. He’s not even in Grade 8 yet.”
A Newmarket woman is charged with knowingly supplying liquor to a person under the age of 19, York Regional Police confirmed yesterday.
Click here to read a letter to the editor Mr. Vinczer wrote to York Region Media Group.
Source: Metroland / York Region
It’s not acceptable to give your kids booze
I am dumbfounded by adults, including parents, who feel it is acceptable to provide drugs and alcohol to minors.
This leads to a growing systemic social issue where children grow up accustomed to drinking and doing drugs from an early age.
Often, these young minds are under the influence and get behind the wheel of a car, having dire consequences and even causing death.
So why do some adults think this is a good idea or acceptable when our laws say otherwise?
Are they doing it to fit in with their kids and their friends to be hip?
A single Newmarket mother was charged with providing alcohol to a minor after an incident that sent a 12-year-old boy to hospital with his blood alcohol level so high, it neared that of an adult with alcohol poisoning.
In addition to the terrible negative impact on children, providing alcohol to minors can lead to charges under the Liquor Licence Act and Criminal Code of Canada.
Both can lead to jail time for the offender.
Laws prohibit a parent/adult from engaging in any vice to the detriment of the morals of children.
Harming a child is negligent, at the least.
A 15-year-old has been charged in the death of York Regional Police Const. Garrett Styles after the officer was dragged to his death during a traffic stop.
Do we want children to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol to further cloud their thinking?
Despite recent media coverage of the ill effects of youth drinking and drug use, it seems some adults and parents are not getting the message that this is very dangerous and very wrong.
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau should rethink his position of legalizing recreational marijuana.
How can we expect our youth to be responsible when adults are showing they’re not by providing them with alcohol?
Attila L. Vinczer
Source: Metroland / York Region
Mr Vinczer suggests continuing to outlaw alcohol and drugs for minors. But this is an area where laws may be doing more harm than good. As it is now, parents cannot call on professional help for their children with drug or alcohol problems. Doing so risks jail or child seizure under pretext of protection. If these inevitable acts were lawful, therapists could be called without fear.