• Teen, mother arrested after Sweet 16 party gets out of hand, police say

    By: Matt Johnson

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that police arrested a teenage girl and her mother after a Sweet 16 party got out of hand.

    Police told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson that the birthday girl's mother rented out the room and then left at around 11 p.m.

    Investigators said the mother was nowhere to be found when they showed up and found a chaotic scene inside of a room.

    “That was the worst part of it, that the mom was nowhere to be found,” a mother of one of the student who attended the party said, asking not to be identified. “It was way out of control.” 

    The mother said only about six to 10 girls were supposed to be at the party with parental supervision at the Wingate Hotel on Cobb Parkway.


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    Reports of teenagers running in the hallways led officers to the hotel around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Somehow more people showed up, until police say 27 teenagers were in the room, 24 of whom were juveniles.

    A police report says officers found "marijuana and alcohol beverage containers," also "air mattresses" and "damage to the walls."

    “She should have called her mother and said, ‘Can you come here, it’s getting out of control, people we don’t want here are here,’” the mother said. 

    Police arrested Krystle Smith when they found her, and cited her 16-year-old daughter, who is a student at McEachern High School.

    They charged Smith with 24 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor among other charges.

    She sped off in her car when Johnson tried to get her side of the story at her house.

    The parent Johnson spoke with said police released underage teens to their parents one at a time until the room was cleared.

    “She was hysterically crying,” the mother said about her daughter. “She's never been around anything like that.”

    Smith bonded out of jail by the end of the day.

    Police also arrested two people at the party with active criminal warrants out for their arrests.

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