Michelle Manzanares, a 40-year-old Brighton, Colo. mother is facing 20 criminal charges for allegedly supplying her teenage daughter and friends with marijuana and alcohol on a regular basis, according to Fox31. Manzanares's multiple charges include child abuse, felony distribution of marijuana, and felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Brighton Blade reports that over the course of several months Manzanarez allegedly provided alcohol and marijuana to her middle school daughter and five of her daughter’s friends. School Resource Officer Francisco Alba, who began the investigation at Vikan Middle School, discovered cell phone video footage of the middle school students drinking, smoking and “throwing up.”
According to the arrest affidavit, Manzanares was seen in multiple cell phone videos on her daughter’s phone -- in one video she was seen handing a bottle of liquor to her daughter after the girl asked her for it and while one of the girl’s friends smoked pot from a glass pipe in the daughter’s bedroom, according to 7News.
In another video, The Denver Post reports that Manzanares tells the girls:
I don't want to get into trouble for any of this, and you guys are putting me between a rock and hard place right now, and I did it so that you guys could have fun.
According to the affidavit, Manzanares appeared to understand that what she was doing was illegal as shown in another video described where she said to her daughter and her friends that they needed to stop recording because she could get into “big trouble if anyone found out they were drinking alcohol and smoking drugs.”
Manzanares is currently being held in Adams County Jail on $50,000 bond.
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