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PD: Mom gives her underage daughter drinks at restaurant

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The following photo of Joann Goulet LePage was provided by the Middletown Police Department. The following photo of Joann Goulet LePage was provided by the Middletown Police Department.
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

An East Hampton woman was arrested after being accused of giving her 14-year-old daughter margaritas at a restaurant, which led to her arrest.

Joann LePage, 51, and her daughter, dined at Puerto Vallarta on Main Street in Middletown around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Puerto Vallarta Manager Margarito Rodriguez said he served LePage that night and brought her three margaritas.

He told Eyewitness News that she didn't think anything of it.

"And some patrons who were across from them later on mentioned to me there was something going on," Rodriguez said. "So I kept my eye open and then I saw the mother pushing the drink to her and called the cops."

Rodriguez said before police arrived she even called an ambulance for the teenager. He added that the girl was "stumbling" when she got up to walk.

"I told her it was wrong what she was doing and she said 'I'm sorry,'" Rodriguez said. "And I took the drink and told them they had to leave. And they're not allowed to come back again."

Upon arrival, officers discovered the teenager who police said was "highly intoxicated."

The teenager admitted to police that LePage, who is the teenager's mother, had been giving her margaritas during the meal.

"I've been working in restaurants since 1986," Rodriguez said. "I mean you have kids trying to order drinks, but never anyone trying to give drinks to their own child and especially that young. I've never seen anything like that."

The teenager was taken to Middlesex Hospital for medical treatment.

LePage was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor. She is expected to appear in Middlesex Superior Court on March 13.

The Department of Children and Families was notified about the incident. The child's father was also called and took custody of the teenager.

Eyewitness News went to LePage's home, but no one answered the door.

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