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WOMAN GAVE ALCOHOL TO TEENS, POLICE SAY

TARPON SPRINGS

A 43-year-old woman accused of giving alcohol to several juveniles who were later hospitalized with alcohol poisoning was arrested Tuesday.

Mellisa Mundell of Tarpon Springs provided Bacardi rum and Coke to the five juveniles between the ages of 16 and 17, who began drinking inside her home at 1608 Fox Run Drive, an arrest affidavit states. She then left them alone while she talked to her boyfriend on the phone.

Several of the juveniles later began to vomit, according to an affidavit, and four were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

Mundell is a family member of the one of the teens. She later told Tarpon Springs police she gave them alcohol because she wanted to be "cool," but realized it was a "huge mistake."

Mundell faces fives counts of child neglect.

She was booked into the Pinellas County jail but was released Tuesday afternoon on $10,000 bail.

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