LYON COUNTY, NV - A 14-year-old boy who had a blood alcohol level of .40 has died after a family campout at Lake Lahontan.
"Basically depending on how far this goes, maybe looking up to involuntary manslaughter," said Albert Torres, Field Services Captain for the Lyon County Sheriff. "That is on the extreme end. We are still looking into where he got the alcohol."
Torres said the child "had become so extremely intoxicated that he went into cardiac arrest while at his family campsite."
It happened at Beach 5 at Lake Lahontan on Sunday, July 3rd. Medics were called there to the report of the 14-year-old boy not breathing.
The child was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and put on life support. However, the child passed away Tuesday.
So far Torres says no charges have been filed, but there could be a range of charges.
NRS Code 202.055 says sale or furnishing of alcoholic beverage to minor . . . is guilty of a misdemeanor, but . . . it does not apply to a parent, guardian or physician.
"There has to be some point where it becomes neglect. If the child's blood alcohol is where it is at, which was a .4, there has to be some responsibility." That said, Torres added, "We still don't know who provided the alcohol, but there would be some kind of neglect by not moderating consumption."
The Lyon county Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call Deputy Martin Dues at 775-577-5023.