Mom charged after giving son, 16, beer

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- A woman has been charged with furnishing alcohol to her 16-year-old son and allowing him to drink to the point of having to be hospitalized, according to the Covington Police Department.

Officers were called to the Days Inn on Alcovy Road on Saturday about 7 p.m. where they discovered a semi-conscious juvenile on the floor of the hotel room, screaming in pain, according to a CPD incident report. Emergency medical staff was already on the scene and moved the youngster to the back of an ambulance where they began administering IVs.

The young man's mother, Victoria Garrett, stated her son "had been drinking and had gotten sick. She stated further that her son's face had turned pale, he was throwing up, and then passed out on the floor," the report states.

Officers learned that EMS staff initially assessed him as possibly dehydrated and possibly suffering from alcohol poisoning. He was admitted to Newton Medical Center. Information on his condition was unavailable.

According to the incident report, the boy's mother admitted to furnishing the alcohol to her son.

"Ms. Garrett stated that she could not remember how many beers her son had drank; only that he had been drinking since 5 o'clock that afternoon. When asked why she had bought her son alcohol, she stated that she would rather him drink with her than to drink out on the streets," the report stated.

Garrett, 40, of 5219 Ga. Highway 20 S., Covington, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

In other crime news, two 17-year-olds have been arrested in connection with the beating and robbery of a 19-year-old man in the area of Hazel Street and Newton Drive Monday morning.

The victim told officers he had walked to Newton Medical Center to meet a girl and was smoking in the booth provided for that purpose outside the emergency room when he was accosted by the two males.

According to the victim's account on a CPD incident report, they first asked him for a cigarette, which he gave them, and next asked to use his phone. He gave one of the men his cellphone, who took it and told him, "... (you're) not getting your phone back."

In the end, the suspect did give the victim his phone back and left the area. But when the victim left the hospital, he noticed the two following him as he walked onto Elizabeth Street and then Newton Drive.

"He stated they kept trying to get behind him, but that it made him very uncomfortable so he would try and keep them to the front of him so he could watch them," the report states. "(The victim) said as he approached Dearing Street he lost sight of them and the males came up from behind him and one of the males grabbed him and threw him onto the ground and kicked him in the back while the other male hit him in the face. He stated they knocked his sunglasses off of his head and took his cell phone. The males then ran down Newton Drive and made a left onto Elizabeth Street."

Before he was attacked, the victim had talked with the girl he went to meet at the hospital who said she knew who the boys were and warned the victim to "get away from those two males 'cause (they're) bad news."

The two were located at a residence at 8120 Taylor St. and arrested. Kenneth Rush, 17, of 2146 Hicks Ave., was charged with robbery and Dayvian Gibson, 17, of 8110 Ga. Highway 36, was charged with robbery and battery.