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Mother Cleared In Teen-Party Charge

January 14, 1988

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Parents cannot be held liable for all their children’s actions, a magistrate said in rejecting a misdemeanor charge against the mother of a youth who allegedly allowed minors to drink at their house while she was away.

″Young people have to control their behavior,″ Clerk-Magistrate Salvatore Paterna said Tuesday after refusing to issue the complaint against Claire M. Bingham of Westwood. ″End of lecture.″

Paterna also declined to charge Mrs. Bingham’s eldest son, Daniel McCarthy, 19, and a Westwood girl, Jennifer McCoy, 17, with illegal possession of alcohol. Paterna said there was insufficient evidence.

Police Chief Francis Abbate has complained about a spate of rowdy parties given by teen-agers when their parents were away. During the parties, youths have damaged homes, bitten police officers and tried to set fire to a dog, the chief said.

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