Police have charged a New Canaan baseball player and his father with serving alcohol to minors and interfering with an emergency call as a 17-year old lay injured and unconscious in their basement during a March 25 party, according to reports in the NewCanaanite and Stamford Advocate.
Andrew Knight, 18, a senior member of the New Canaan baseball team, and his father, Douglas Knight, 59, turned themselves in to New Canaan police on Thursday following a near two-month investigation. They have both been released on bond pending separate court dates.
Andrew Knight is alleged to have provided alcohol to minors, including six other teen members of the baseball team, a Class E felony. Douglas Knight is alleged to have instructed his son not to call 911 when he became aware of the incident at approximately 11 p.m. He was charged with misdemeanor interference.
A female teen ultimately compelled her own father to call 911 and allegedly argued with Douglas Knight over his decision, police reports said. “I don’t want cops in my house,” Douglas Knight said, according to police witnesses. “We can take [the youth] (to the hospital) ourselves.”
Police received a 911 call from the girl’s father at 11:21 p.m. and then another by Douglas Knight’s wife at 11:24, according the the NewCanaanite., approximately a half hour after the injured 17-year old was discovered.
Police arrived at the home at 11:30 p.m. and found the 17-year old unconscious and bleeding at the bottom of the home’s basement stairs. He was transported to Norwalk Hopsital with serious injuries.
New Canaan’s baseball team has continued to play throughout the police investigation. The Rams lost to Ridgefield 5-3 in the first round of the FCIAC baseball tournament on Friday.
‘I Don’t Want Cops in My House’: Interfering Charge for New Canaan Man, 59, in Underage Drinking Party Case; Felony Charge for Teenage Son [New Canaanite]
Father, son arrested in New Canaan baseball party incident [Stamford Advocate]