Massachusetts mom in court for throwing teen party with alcohol
(MyFoxBoston.com) NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The North Andover mom accused of hosting an underage drinking party was in court Tuesday.
North Andover police got a call from a resident about a party and when they showed up at 111 Woodcrest Drive, some of the teens coming out said they had to pay to get in and the mom of the house, Patricia Frank, was collecting the money. Police won’t confirm how much she was charging, but on social media some were saying the admission fee was $5.
There were about 50 kids at the party when police showed up, including Frank’s two children. Police say they found hard alcohol, beer and a bong for smoking marijuana in her home. Frank is charged with selling alcohol to minors and having a disorderly home.
The 48-year-old North Andover mom didn’t say much outside of court after she was arraigned Tuesday for allegedly hosting the underage party. But the teens who were at her home that night had plenty to say to police.
According to the police report, teens told police that Frank was “messed up” and “whacked.”
Police confirm that Frank was unsteady on her feet when they arrived at the home and they believe she was intoxicated.
In court, a prosecutor described how Frank refused to let police into her home, as teens escaped into the woods.
Once police finally got inside, they found 10 to 12 guests hiding, but believe at least 25 to 30 kids made their way through a smashed window.
Frank told FOX25 off camera that she was at the store and arrived home to the party. She says money might have been collected for pizza. And her attorney told the judge that Frank is involved in a bitter divorce and thinks her husband might have set her up.
“She actually believes that because of the contested and raw emotions and the restraining order that she just received out of the probate court, she actually suspects her husband of putting this on the internet,” the attorney said.
Her attorney went on to say that she has a 16-, 14-, and 13-year-old. Court documents say that the 13- and 14-year-old told police that they were in the basement all night during the party and now DCF is involved.
Frank originally also failed to show up for court Tuesday morning and the judge issued a bench warrant. However, in court
Tuesday afternoon, Frank told a judge that she was in the courthouse speaking with a probation officer or in the restroom and it was all a misunderstanding. The judge issued a firm warning to her to next time show up for court at 9 am. She is due back in court in May.