SOUTHINGTON — The arrest warrant for a local mother charged with risk of injury to a minor accuses her of offering alcohol to teens and giving them a pipe to smoke marijuana.
Tricia Angelo, 43, of 119 Milldale Ave., was charged Sept. 14 with one count of risk of injury to a minor. She was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court the same day and released on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 25.
Police began investigating on Aug. 11 after a parent reported that Angelo was allowing her teenage son to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol in her home, according to the warrant. The teen provided police with a sworn statement, saying when he visited his friend’s house, his friend’s mother, identified as Angelo, occasionally asked the teenagers if they wanted beer.
In late June, the teenager said he brought marijuana to Angelo’s home and asked if they could smoke it. Angelo provided the teens a “bowl to smoke the marijuana out of,” the warrant said. The teen said Angelo showed the teens how to use the pipe, but did not smoke it herself.
Police reviewed text messages between the teen and Angelo. In a conversation on July 27, the teen asks Angelo to buy him an electronic cigarette and Angelo obliges, the warrant said. Angelo later told police she did not buy the device for the teen.
Police spoke with several other teens that were friends with the teen and Angelo’s child, the warrant said. One teen said he heard alcohol was given out at Angelo’s house but never saw it himself. Another teen said he was never given alcohol or marijuana at Angelo’s house. A third teen said he did not see Angelo provide alcohol or marijuana, but heard she provided the electronic cigarette to another teen.