Wednesday, January 5, 2010
A shocking discovery at a local home late Tuesday. A 15 year-old boy so incapacitated he couldn't even communicate. He was clearly under the influence of something, but what and how he got that way is what police want to know.
The boy had apparently been at a party in West Wichita. Whether it was alcohol or drugs, police want you to realize that underage drinking and drug use is a problem that nearly killed a young man last night.
"This child was very fortunate not to die," said Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte.
The boy was reportedly so incapacitated that he didn't know where he was or where he'd been. Police haven't been able to find out where the party was because of the boy's condition. When neighbors found him on their front porch, the boy was incoherent and foaming at the mouth.
"I don't think it was alcohol," said neighbor Kenneth Wise, "because he didn't smell like alcohol. We've all had our experiences with alcohol and it didn't seem like that. It seemed like something quite a bit harder and if I had to guess, I'd say he wasn't expecting anything like that."
Police say someone called the boy's sister to alert the family of the problem, but when the boy was found, he was found alone.
"Really, we ask our citizens and parents to be responsible to help us curtail this," Nolte, the police lieutenant, said. "Ultimately, let us know so we can step in and get help to those that need it."
The Wichita Police Department has a program called JUDGE, which stands for Juvenile Underage Drinking Group Education, but Wise wonders if the boy's trouble was caused by a much harder drug than alcohol.
""He could have died," Wise said. "If nobody had found him or he went to that back yard behind the garage instead of on the porch where we found him, he could have froze to death last night."
Attempts to talk with people at the boy's residence Wednesday were denied, but Wise described the boy as a good kid who will hopefully learn from this lesson.
"It's so easy for a kid to just get something from one of their friends and not really know what it is and then all hell breaks loose," Wise said.
At last check, the boy was being held in the hospital for observation, but his condition is said to be good.