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15-YEAR-OLD NEARLY DIES AFTER DRINKING BINGE.

Byline: John Sanders Staff Writer

ROSAMOND - A 15-year-old boy nearly died of alcohol poisoning after he and a friend drank a 1.75-liter bottle of whiskey in about an hour, officials said Thursday.

The unidentified youth was found by sheriff's deputies, lying face down in the men's restroom at Rosamond Park. He was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and treated for acute alcohol poisoning.

``At one point he was not expected to make it,'' sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Niccoli said.

According to Niccoli, deputies responded to a report of intoxicated juveniles about 5:30 p.m. They found Jeremy Muzzy, 19, extremely intoxicated and the 15-year-old unconscious.

``Consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short time can kill you,'' Niccoli said. ``Young kids 15 or 16 years old don't realize that.''

Muzzy was booked into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of public intoxication, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and cruelty to a child with great bodily injury.

``He's an adult and he should not have provided alcohol to him,'' Niccoli said.

Although 19 and unable to buy alcohol, Muzzy is still considered an adult. Niccoli said officials are investigating how Muzzy got the liquor.
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