Uncle Charged in Drinking Death of 14-Year-Old

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FERNLEY, NV - The Lyon County District Attorney is charging Jeffery McCarthy with second degree murder for the death of his 14-year-old nephew, Kyle Johnston at Lake Lahontan July 4th weekend.

Johnson died at a hospital after being found not breathing and a blood alcohol level of .40, five times the legal limit for driving. But the kid wasn't behind the wheel. He was camping with his family.

McCarthy, of Dayton, appeared in the Walker River Justice Court Wednesday and was then booked into the Lyon County Jail with a $50,000 bail.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says the 14-year-old was so drunk he had a heart attack. By the time medics arrived, his blood alcohol level had reached .40. Authorities took the teenager to Renown, where he later died.

The teen's family didn't notice until it was too late.

"It's a very sad story and I think it really stinks because that kid will never do what he was going to do in life. Never succeed at anything. It's over," says Norma Jean Carl, a camper. "I feel bad for the parents, too. This is something they'll have to live with for the rest of their lives."