Burrillville parent faces charges after girls got drunk
A Burrillville woman drove three girls to a liquor store and used their money to buy the girls cocktails and vodka, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Officers on Tuesday arrested 43-year-old Paul White, who is transgender and goes by the name Christina. She was arraigned in Providence District Court on charges of procuring alcohol and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
White pleaded not guilty and was given $1,000 bail with surety. She was ordered to stay away from children except her own.
Police said White's 10-year-old daughter was one of the three girls who allegedly drank at her Sayles Avenue home on Monday night. Police said the girls got drunk and needed to be transported to the hospital.
White denied buying the girls alcohol.
"I would never give 10 year olds alcohol," she told NBC 10 News on Tuesday. "I was having a few drinks last night, and I think the girls got into it."
All three girls recovered.
Crystal Chamberlain's daughter was at White's home on Monday night. She's furious and fears the misdemeanor charges of buying alcohol for minors and contributing to the delinquency of minors are not enough.
"I think what he's getting is a slap on the wrist," Chamberlain said.
She also said she doesn't like the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
"Charge him with child abuse, child neglect, child endangerment, but not the delinquency of a minor. These kids were not delinquent. They were given alcohol by an adult who told them it was ok," Chamberlain said.
Maj. Larry Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department said the girls are facing charges because they were delinquent.
"Hopefully this will straighten the girls out," he said.
Police said the girls will go before a juvenile hearing board and might have to serve community service but the charge won't show up on their permanent record.
The state Department of Children, Youth and Families told White to stay away from his daughter for three days.