The Doctors: Out-Of-Control Frat Party
Attorney Areva Martin joined The Doctors once again, as they kicked off the show by discussing a frat party that was attended by more than 200 college students in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. Even worse, nearly half of those drinking were underage. Now, two Maryland University students are going to court after police say the two provided so much alcohol that someone could get drunk from breathing the air inside the house. The intoxicating air had it’s own breathalyzer count of .09. According to reports, beer was flowing everywhere, even seeping through the ceiling down into the basement. There were approximately 200 people on the first floor alone, and even more drinkers hid in closets and under beds as the police arrived.
The Doctors first had a hard time believing the air could measure a .09. The two students are being fined $275,000, which seemed a bit excessive. Areva Martin explained that in the state of Maryland, you can’t be charged criminally for providing alcohol to a minor. Because of that, the pair was fined for every civil infraction possible, and it totaled $275,000. The Doctors believe it should have been handled in a different way, because fining two college students that amount of money only causes more problems.
Who do you think should be held liable in a situation like this? How should it have been handled?
The Doctors: Mom Charged After Abandoning Child At Hospital
Next, The Doctors discussed one Utah mom who is facing a felony and a misdemeanor charge. On February 21, the mom claims she reached her breaking point with her 8-year-old who she says has developmental issues. Julia Robertson, with the Utah Newborn Safe Haven Project, says you can’t drop off an unruly infant, toddler, child, or teenager at a local hospital without penalty like you can with a newborn. The mom claims she didn’t know that.
The mom reportedly left the child at a hospital with a note that said “This kid is rude and ungovernable. I do not want him in my house at all.”
Dr Travis Stork pointed out that it’s possible the mom had good intentions, considering other horrific things that could have happened. Areva Martin argued that, in her opinion, the mom shouldn’t be criminally punished. Areva added that the mom was seeking out help, saying she couldn’t handle the child, who reportedly has special needs. The mom should have been given help, rather than punished.
Under the Utah law, if a newborn less than three days old is left at the hospital, the mother remains anonymous and is not reported or investigated. Areva shared that child protective services has a 24-hour hotline for parents that can help get them the help they need. Also, you can go to any emergency department in the country and tell them you need help, and they’ll get you the help you need. There are options out there.