Mother Accused of Hosting Underage Drinking Party Pleads Not Guilty

Jayne Donegan faces charges under the state's social host law.

Jayne Donegan faces charges under the state's social host law. (Photo courtesy of the North Kingstown Police Department.)
Jayne Donegan faces charges under the state's social host law. (Photo courtesy of the North Kingstown Police Department.)
A North Kingstown mother accused of allowing a large underage drinking party at her home was arraigned in District Court Tuesday morning, reports Channel 10.

Jayne Donegan is facing charges under the state's social host law for a party she allegedly held at her home on Jan. 25 where nearly 100 teenagers from North Kingstown and East Greenwich were present. According to police reports, the party was held for Donegan's daughter's 16th birthday.

Donegan pleaded not guilty to all charges against her, including a charge of assaulting an officer who came to her door. According to Donegan's attorney, it was the officer who burst in to her home and shoved her.

"The officer then pushed his way in and pushed her across the foyer. I haven't seen a witness statement yet that says that Jayne Donegan permitted alcohol to be served in her home or that she allowed it and saw it openly," said her attorney.

Members of the North Kingstown Police Department maintain that Donegan slammed the door on officers and was not cooperative with police's efforts. According to police reports, several teenagers were intoxicated at the party - including two teenagers who had to be brought to area hospitals for treatment.

Donegan served on the East Greenwich School Committee in the early 2000s.

She is due back in court on Feb. 25.

CM February 12, 2014 at 09:54 AM
In court, Jayne Donegan's attorney claimed that uninvited teens had show up at her party with alcohol and that she was getting ready to handle the situation. If that were the case, why didn't she welcome the police to help her get the situation under control? If I had dozens of unknown drunk teens crashing my house party, my first call would be to the police. But instead of calling 911 to remove the teens, she was calling them to remove the police. God help her if any of those teens had been killed or seriously injured as a result of her reckless behavior. I hope the courts decide to make an example of her, but we all know how RI works, and all it takes is the right connection to make things go away.
EG February 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM
@EG Resident, The police in this country is not there to help. They are there to follow a "procedure" which is very likely to take anyone to the court regardless he/she is innocent or not. Prosecutors in this country care more about their winning rate vs the fairness and the justice. I am not here to support Donegan. I just want to state that it is not a good idea to call the police for everything...
CM February 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Fortunately I have not needed the help of the EG police, but I have been the beneficiary of excellent police work in my former town and I am very grateful for the job they do every day. It's very easy to criticize when you're not the one putting your life on the line. I'll be the first to say that there is always abuse of power in any police force, but can you imagine the public outcry if the police had arrived at the Donegan house and witnessed whet they did and had done nothing? People would have rightfully screamed that it was just another example of police looking the other way for people of a certain income bracket. And if God forbid one of those teens in the house hadn't gotten emergency medical treatment they needed, I can only imagine the lawsuit that would have followed. I guess it was a no win situation for everyone involved.


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