Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl in north-west Sydney after she reportedly drank an alcohol-energy drink concoction from a recipe she found online.
NSW Police confirmed that the girl was found unconscious in a house in Kenthurst on Friday June 8. She was quickly transported to The Children’s Hospital in Westmead, but died several days later.
The police have not clarified exactly what was the cause of the girl’s death, but have confirmed they are investigating, and specifically mentioned that they seized a bottle of alcohol and energy drinks.
Here’s Superintendent Rob Critchlow:
This investigation is in its infancy but early inquiries indicate this girl sourced an alcoholic drink recipe from an online site, then put that information to the test. The consequences have been tragic. We cannot emphasise more strongly the risk of underage and – more importantly – uninformed alcohol consumption.
We will endeavour to find answers, but our message has to be: do not risk your health experimenting with high-risk information sourced online.
Critchlow went on to say that police believe the girl “sourced an alcoholic drink recipe from an online site, then put that information to the test.”
Alcohol, energy drinks and “some lollies” were obtained from the search site. Aside from the police assertion that a homemade alcoholic concoction was to blame for the girl’s death, there has been no further information.