Roane County mom arrested for serving underage son and friends

Roane County mom arrested for serving underage son and three friends alcohol

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Misti Butler (Source: Facebook) Misti Butler (Source: Facebook)
"If you're drinking before you get to that age, it can cause several developmental issues," Heather Sutton from the Metropolitan Drug Commission said. "If you're drinking before you get to that age, it can cause several developmental issues," Heather Sutton from the Metropolitan Drug Commission said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - An Oak Ridge woman was arrested after she was accused of serving alcohol to her underage son and his three friends.

Misti Butler, 38, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for an incident that is believed to have happened in March.

According to the arrest warrant, Butler gave alcohol to the four minors while her son was visiting her during spring break.

Oak Ridge police said all the boys are under 18, but they do not have the exact ages yet.

Police records show Butler's son's father, who lives in Florida, learned about the incident after listening to a recorded conversation between his son and friends talking about drinking and playing beer pong with Butler.

The parents of the three other minors also confirmed in the arrest warrant that their children pointed the finger at Butler for providing the alcohol.

Heather Sutton from the Metropolitan Drug Commission told 6 News allowing minors to drink can harm their brain development.

"Their bodies are still in the developmental process, so anything that's going to interrupt that process is obviously going to have a huge impact on their health," Sutton said.

Sutton said young brains don't fully develop until ages 20 to 25.

"If you're drinking before you get to that age, it can cause several developmental issues," Sutton said. "Often, parents will think it's a right of passage or they think that, ‘Maybe if I drink with my child I can monitor the amount that they're drinking so maybe they'll be less likely to drink when they're out with their friends,' when actually you see the opposite effects."

Roane County court records show Butler's criminal history includes charges of child restraint, theft and fraud.

The parents of each of the minors involved in the case declined to comment.

Butler posted bond May 1 and is scheduled to appear in court June 17.

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