Kimberly Kiernan hosts party for teens, locks 7-year-old son in bathroom, police say

Published On: Jul 03 2013 09:36:43 AM HST   Updated On: Jul 03 2013 09:39:20 AM HST

Kimberly Kiernan is accused of throwing a party for minors and locking her young son in a bathroom.


A 39-year-old South Florida mother was arrested after police said she hosted a party where 26 teenagers were drinking alcohol while her 7-year-old son was locked in the bathroom. 

Kimberly Kiernan faces 26 counts of hosting an open house party.

Police said they were called to a Palm Beach Shores apartment complex Monday night in reference to a large group of people possibly fighting outside. When officers arrived, the partygoers ran inside an apartment and refused to come out.

A neighbor told police that he and his wife were concerned because a child lives in the apartment.

According to the police report, officers knocked on the door and tried to get the partygoers to let them in, but they yelled obscenities and told the officers to go away. Kiernan waited about 20 minutes to open the door and appeared "extremely intoxicated," so much so that she couldn't stand without leaning against the door, the report stated.

When one of the officers insisted on entering the apartment to check on her child's welfare, Kiernan refused and hid behind the partygoers, who slammed the door shut and barricaded it with their bodies, the report stated.

Police said the partygoers threatened the officers and said they were going to "stand their ground against the police with force" if they tried to enter.

As more officers were called and tried to get inside, they received "a written notice of demands" that the partygoers slid under the door, the report stated.

Police eventually broke down the door and rounded up the teen partygoers.

Among the partygoers was a 16-year-old girl who was found chocking on her own vomit in the hallway bathroom, the report stated. She was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Officers found Kiernan "hiding in a closet buried under a heaping mound of clothes," the report stated.

They also had to break down a bathroom door to get to her 7-year-old son, who told police that "his mommy locked him in the bathroom," the report stated.

Kiernan's ex-husband told police she "likes to party with young teenage boys."

Police said they found beer and liquor bottles inside two 50-gallon trash bags on the porch.

Kiernan also faces one count each of child abuse, resisting an officer without violence and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.


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