Alcohol, supervision questioned after Dearborn teen dies on spring break

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) -

Dearborn High School is mourning the loss of senior Ryan Feeney who died while on spring break with his friends in Florida.

“When something like this happens, it devastates everybody,” says David Mustonen, spokesman for Dearborn Schools.

But after what the 7 Action News team has learned, his death raises serious questions about underage drinking and adult supervision or lack thereof.

The 7 Investigators obtained the police report logged the night 17-year-old Feeney stopped breathing.

Twelve teens, ages 16 to 19, were reportedly in a rental house, rented by their parents. It appears the parents were not supervising the house, police say.

Some of those parents were staying in a house two doors down, according to Ft. Lauderdale Police.

The teens would later tell officers they were drinking all night long.

Feeney became, “belligerent and very intoxicated”, according to the report. He was told to “sleep it off.”

Hours later, his friends found him not breathing. They called 911, performed CPR and notified the parents down the street.

Police and paramedics arrived to find Feeney “blue” and foaming at the mouth.

Police say there was “an abundance of alcohol in the house." Liquor and beer was everywhere, according to officers.

At least three of the teens reportedly had fake IDs on them.

Later that morning, after Feeney was rushed to the hospital, officers watched as the adults disposed of the remaining alcohol and the fake IDs were destroyed, according to the report. 

Feeney’s mother flew down to be with her son, but he never regained consciousness and was taken off life support.

The Ft. Lauderdale Police Department is investigating how the teens got the booze in the first place.

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