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The current condition of a 14-year-old Roslyn youth remains undisclosed by Nassau County police after he was taken to Winthrop-University Hospital last Saturday night, following reports of an aided case on Shepherd Lane in Roslyn Heights.

That evening, the youth, whose name is also being withheld, was found unconscious on the driveway of the Shepherd Lane residence.

According to detectives, the aided was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Further investigation at the scene found that the babysitter, defendant Andrean Newland, 30, who lives at the same residence, was present at the residence while up to 15 to 25 juveniles drank alcohol in the backyard, police stated.

The defendant was charged with violating the Nassau County Social Host Law and was released on an appearance ticket returnable April 14 to First District Court, Hempstead.

On Monday afternoon, April 6, D/Lt. Kevin Smith of the Public Information Office held a news conference at Police Department headquarters in Mineola to give more details.

Smith said that at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, Third Precinct officers responded to a call for an aided case on Shepherd Lane. The unconscious youth was accompanied to the hospital by his mother, who had already arrived on the scene.

The residence, Smith said, was strewn with beverages, "mostly beer." At the time, the homeowners were not at the residence. Smith only said that they had been out for the evening.

"It appears that a party went on where alcoholic beverages were plentiful," Smith said.

Smith said the defendant, whom he also described as an au pair with a Jamaican passport, had done "nothing to deter [the] drinking."

Smith also said the Williston Park Fire Department was the first local unit to arrive on the scene, followed by the Nassau County police.

In addition, Smith said that the Nassau County District Attorney's office is still reviewing the case. He did not rule out the possibility that more charges may be brought against the defendant.

Smith said "most" of the 15 to 25 youths were under the age of 16. The 14-year-old youth in question was not a resident of the Shepherd Lane residence, but he did live in the neighborhood.

Furthermore, many of the youths were still on the scene when the police arrived, Smith added. He said that all of them were released only to their parents.

Smith said that it has not yet been determined where the alcoholic beverages came from. He did add that the 14-year-old "could have expired" from the amount of beverages consumed.


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