Parents in Ohio who rented a party bus for more than 60 maskless kids for their daughter’s 14th birthday party could possibly face criminal charges, police have said.
One teen was arrested on Saturday night after they fought with police officers trying to bring an end to the fights that exploded among the party’s guests when a bus dropped them off in the parking lot of Hilltop Shopping Center in Mount Healthy.
Officers on patrol had spotted the unmarked bus unloading the group at around 10pm and called for assistance as the fights broke out and they tried to get the group to go home.
Cops later discovered that the bus had been rented for a teen girl’s birthday party and having identified the parents, are now consulting with the prosecutor’s office on whether criminal charges should be brought.
One teen was arrested on Saturday night after they fought a cop trying to bring an end to the fights that exploded among the guests at a party for a 14-year-old girl. A party bus had dropped the group off in the parking lot of Hilltop Shopping Center in Mount Healthy, pictured
As the party lacked masks and social distancing, and was far above the limit of ten people allowed for gatherings in the state, the parents will be charged with breaking Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 restriction orders.
The gathering has also been reported to the Ohio health department.
‘It puts the people involved at risk and unfortunately us as well,’ Mt. Healthy Police Sgt. Alan Fath told Fox 19.
‘Something we have to respond to. It was well over the allotted mandate of people that were allowed to be together and almost to the curfew time.’
Mount Healthy has a curfew in place which states that any minor under the age of 14 cannot stay in or upon a public place within the city between 10pm and 6am.
According to Mount Healthy Police Department, the people involved and the guests were not from Mount Healthy and the bus had traveled from downtown Cincinnati.
Police said that the parking lot of the shopping center had been chosen as the drop-off point for the party, but permission had not been granted by the owners.
The bus had been scheduled to make the drop off by 9.30pm but was delayed as fights had already broken out on the bus.
Many of the party were left stranded as the bus driver refused a police order to let them back on the bus and drove away from the shopping center.
Cops told the teens to call their parents for a ride home after the bus left them ‘in a very agitated state for officers to deal with’.
‘Officers worked over the next hour to break up numerous fights and distance the juveniles,’ the department said.
‘Officers, trying to maintain order, directed the juveniles to socially distance themselves and contact their parents for transportation.’
The local police department condemned the actions of the parents
The party was dropped off in this parking lot without the owner’s permission
Police have not yet named the parents involved as the potential criminal charges are discussed.
They did reveal that they had advertised the birthday party on social media with an open invite.
‘Parents – it is your responsibility to manage your children,’ the department said in a statement.
‘Mount Healthy Police will not tolerate blatant law violations especially when such action endangers our community, our officers, and public health.’
December is on track to be the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio although new daily cases and deaths dropped over the weekend.
There were 9,266 new coronavirus cases and 15 deaths reported on Sunday, down from the statewide averages in the previous 21 days of 10,062 cases and 71 deaths.
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all been rising in Ohio throughout December
The 21-day average in new cases in Ohio as lowered from 156 since November
However, only half way through the month, Ohio has already reported 1,063 COVID-19 deaths in December.
The previous most deadly month was in May when 1,180 of the state’s residents died from the virus.
New daily cases have also spiked dramatically since the start of December, rising above 10,000.
In total, COVID-19 has infected 570,602 Ohioans and killed 7,551, as of Tuesday morning.
Nationwide, more than 16.5million Americans have been infected and 300,723 killed.
The first shots of COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Monday.