A Beatrice man accused of providing alcohol to a minor who became dangerously intoxicated pleaded not guilty to a felony charge in Gage County District Court.
Michael A. Brooks, 25, pleaded not guilty to a felony child abuse charge, as well as two misdemeanor charges of procuring alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a child.
Brooks was arrested in January after a juvenile had to be transported to the hospital with a high blood-alcohol level.
Police responded to the report of a 14-year-old juvenile who was under the influence of alcohol and unresponsive. Four witnesses told police the minor had talked about consuming alcohol with Brooks before passing out.
Gage County Court documents state that witnesses said Brooks was seen with the juvenile and a large bottle of alcohol. When they confronted him, Brooks allegedly became angry and was asked to leave.
The juvenile was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital and remained unconscious for around seven hours and had a blood-alcohol level of .275.
When interviewed, Brooks appeared intoxicated and said he did not give alcohol to a minor and that he had not been drinking, himself. Documents state Brooks said that he had been at the residence all evening.