14 year old dies from alcohol poisoning, woman faces 15 years

By RoboCodeine7610 · Sep 6, 2008 · ·
  1. RoboCodeine7610
    A woman has been charged with homicide after a 14-year-old boy died of alcohol poisoning in Uintah County.
    Police and prosecutors allege the teenager, Jess "Micade" Horrocks, died largely as a result of inaction. Prosecutors said that the adult who allegedly was summoned to help the victim, Candice Collard, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the second-degree felony child-abuse homicide charge.
    On April 12, Horrocks and some other teenagers were drinking hard liquor in a Vernal parking lot, said Uintah County Deputy Attorney Greg Lamb. Horrocks chugged so much booze he became unresponsive and someone called Collard, 24, for help, Lamb said.
    Lamb said people had to lift Horrocks into a car. But instead of taking Horrocks to a hospital or to his parents, Lamb said, Collard drove him to her home in Jensen, 13 miles away.
    Another adult found Horrocks to be unresponsive in the house at about midnight, Lamb said, and the adult called 911. The next day, Horrocks was ruled to be brain dead, disconnected from life support and died.
    Utah has a criminal statute for failing to render aid, but prosecutors decided to pursue a homicide charge.
    "While it might be somewhat of a novel approach to this case," Lamb said, "I think the facts in this case match the way [the defendant] responded to this case"
    The charges were filed July 28. An initial court appearance has not yet been set.
    Lamb said the other teenagers involved likely will face misdemeanor charges in juvenile court.

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  1. ncsponger
    It seems like the 24 year old woman may have been trying to keep him out of trouble by calling the police or paramedics. Maybe she didn't understand how critical his situation was. I personally would have called 911.
  2. KomodoMK
    I think the homicide charge is a far over the top. I would say it's more accidental death. I don't think it's fair to take 15 years of someone's life away for the stupidity of others.
  3. Panthers007
    I would say that this is a good overture to launch a public education program in Utah - at least - on how to assist people in an emergency situation. But instead - ignore the obvious and jail the fool that did it wrong. Problem solved!

  4. Nacho
    Someone didn't know the difference between being too drunk and alcohol poisoning so they lose 15 years of their life? Nice.

    Being completely unresponsive would make any normal person call 911 but there are idiots... just look at the kids drinking liquor in a parking lot.
  5. RoboCodeine7610
    SWIM agrees, 15 years is crazy just for not wanting to get the kid in trouble...I guess no good deed goes unpunished.
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