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UPDATED: Police: Sayville Couple Endangered Welfare of a Minor

Old Broadway Avenue residents arrested and charged after teen suffers alcohol poisoning.

This story was updated to include information on the teenager and the identity of the couple charged.

A Sayville couple was arrested early Sunday morning for endangering the welfare of a minor who suffered alcohol poisoning during a party taking place on the couple's property on Old Broadway Avenue, according to Suffolk Police.

According to police the arrest took place at 1:33 a.m. Police said they responded to a 911 caller who reported that a 16-year-old female had become sick from alcohol poisoning in an apartment separate from the couple's home. Upon arrival police said they found evidence of a beer drinking game, shot glasses and more than two dozen underage teens in the apartment.

Police said some of the teens were visibly intoxicated and witnesses stated that large quantities of vodka had been consumed. According to police, the couple’s 16-year-old daughter had invited friends to the home after an event held at St. Anthony’s High School. Several of the guests, said police, were teens who did not know the girl but had heard about the party.

John Butler, 54, and Stacie Butler, 54, were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, said police, and released after posting bail. They are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

The teenager was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to Suffolk Police.

J Smith March 27, 2013 at 01:18 AM
As the parent of a 16 year old you can be damn sure if there were over two dozen teens at my house....drinking alcohol no less, my husband and I would know about it. These parents turned a blind eye. Honestly, does anyone think they didn't know what was going on??? Seriously people. I don't care how "nice" the parents are, I went to school with John and his siblings. Doesn't matter. Parents that let this go on in their homes (or detached apartments - whatever) are idiots. They got what they deserve.
Mary March 28, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I grew up in Sayville, but never drank as a teen. It wasn't because I was a wonderful child, it was because I had wonderful parents. They knew my friends, and their parents. They knew where I was and with whom. They checked up on me. They were my parents, not my friends. These parents didn't know what was going on because they either didn't want to know, or couldn't be bothered to find out. The kids that were there likely knew this was a 'no rules' house. In addition, where were the parents of the guests of this party? Who lets their 16 year old stay out until 1:30 in the morning? All the adults in this situation dropped the ball.
Natalie Ronan March 31, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Honestly everyone needs to stop viciously attacking these parents. I grew up with them like a second family and my daughter used to be best friends with their daughter I'm not saying what happened was right, but we don't know what happened and can't jump to conclusions. I know exactly where this apartment is and I know that if the parents were inside the house, there is no way to know what's going on inside this apartment. People need to stop attacking them due to one mistake they obviously trusted their daughter and she unfortunately let them down. Teenagers will be teenagers. We need to see that stuff like this happens every single day in any place and just because this one incident was publicized doesn't mean it's the only time It has happened or will happen again. These are good parents and their daughter is a good kid. I don't care what you people say, this family is very close to us and I hope things work out<3
Ben Vitale April 01, 2013 at 01:45 AM
The Internet has given birth to a new type of government that has the power to condemn a person on the basis of hearsay, rather than fact. In the “old obsolete type of government that we once had,” a person was presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This type of government was too inefficient and too expensive to manage. It is now acceptable practice to both prosecute and convict an individual, via a mechanism called a “Blog Comment Box.” The beauty of the new system of government is that it is very efficient; no facts, judge, jury, lawyer, or testimony is needed to get a conviction. Testimony by the accused or his legal representative is not required to get a conviction. This new form of government gets its roots from a practice that was common, many years ago; it is called “A Lynching.” If two or more people independently decide that you are guilty; you are indeed guilty. The two people that decided that a person was guilty, would then empower themselves to arrest and execute their subject. God help us all “people.” Look what you have done! I might mention that the old laws that pertain to liable are still in force. If anyone makes a damaging statement, in a comment box, against another person, he is still subject to a law suit. If you did not use the word “opinion,” in your accusation, you could be sued for liable. If I were the Butlers, I would have already spoken with my Lawyer!
Vito April 08, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I am more worried about the "new type of government" that absolves anyone and everyone of personal responsibility. I must also add you pinned my irony meter with this post. You seem to comment a bit to much to be the one taking others to task for expressing their opinions in this forum.


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