For Immediate Release - November 05, 2008

Gloucester Mother Jailed For Providing Alcohol To Kids

A Gloucester mother who provided alcohol to several 12 and 13 year old children will spend the next year in jail.

Heidy Jordon, 44, pleaded guilty today in Peabody District Court today to seven counts of reckless endangerment of a child, and five counts of procuring alcohol for a minor.

Jordon admitted that on June 8, 2007, she went to the liquor store at the request of her 13 year-old daughter to purchase alcohol, and then provided it to the six children who were at her residence on Eastern Avenue. Before going to the liquor store, Jordon went so far as to ask the children what they wanted her to buy. She did the same thing again on June 22, 2007, this time for five children.

As a result, a 12 year-old boy became so ill that his parents nearly had to take him to the hospital. One of the girls became unconscious, and had to be awakened so that she could vomit.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate Hartigan asked Judge Matthew Nestor to sentence Jordon to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction, with another 2 ½ years to follow, and also asked the court to impose numerous probationary terms. The judge sentenced Jordon to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction, one year to be served, the balance suspended with probation.

Terms of Jordon's probation include that she remain drug and alcohol free and be subject to random screens, undergo mental health evaluation and treatment, and have no unsupervised contact with children under 18. She must also comply with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) regarding any further contact with her own daughter. The young girl is currently in the custody of the DCF.

Jordon was represented by Attorney Ed Pasquina of Gloucester.