Police: Mom cited for letting high schoolers drink
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A Lee’s Summit mother has been cited after a police report said she allowed her teenage daughter to host a party in her home where more than a dozen teens, ages 15 to 17, were drinking alcohol.
According to police, Tracy Binkley knew some 15 to 20 teenagers were drinking alcohol in the basement of her home on April 20.
“No parent has the right to allow other people’s children to drink in their home or consume alcohol,” said Sgt. Chris Depue with the Lee’s Summit Police Department.
Police say they were called to the Lee’s Summit home after a parent picked up her son and realized he was drunk. Binkley reportedly told police she wasn’t aware teens were drinking alcohol, but kids at the party told investigators she came down to the basement several times and saw teens drinking.
“She gradually told us more and more about her involvement. As far as she knew, alcohol was down there. She wasn’t concerned with the amount of alcohol, but we had enough to charge her in municipal court,” Depue said.
But at least one neighbor is coming to Binkley’s defense.
“I don’t think it was intentional. i don’t think it’s something they do on a regular basis,” neighbor Randy Armstrong said.
At least seven teens face charges for minors in possession of alcohol which will be handled in juvenile court.
Binkley was cited for allowing minors to drink. She faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Binkley is expected in court on June 12.