Kristopher Harvey Gets Probation for the Get-'Em-Drunk Method to Parenting

Kristopher Harvey, the father from Surprise who was "just trying to teach his boys a lesson" by making them get really drunk, will spend the next three years on probation.

Police described the boys, ages 13 and 14, as "highly intoxicated," as officers discovered them on a June day in their underwear, crying, screaming, and vomiting.

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-Kristopher Harvey Decided to "Teach His Two Sons a Lesson" by Making Them Take Liquor Shots Until They Were "Screaming and Crying"

According to court documents previously obtained by New Times, Harvey's girlfriend came home one day and asked Harvey why everyone in the household was drunk. Harvey said he was teaching the boys a lesson by making them drink shots of hard liquor.

He was teaching these boys the "lesson" because they had consumed some of dad's alcohol a week earlier.

"[Harvey] had the boys in the backyard and advised them they were not allowed to come back into the residence until they finished their shots," a probable-cause statement said. "[Harvey] began throwing both boys in the pool while intoxicated."

A neighbor called the cops after hearing the boys screaming and crying in the backyard and also thought he heard a smacking noise, as if someone was being hit. Harvey came outside when the cops showed up and appeared to be "highly intoxicated," giving police the line about trying to teach the boys a lesson, according to the documents.

Cops went inside the house to check on the two boys, who were both "in their underwear crying and screaming."

One of the boys, who was attempting to upchuck his alcohol into the toilet, told the cops their father had made them consume all the shots.

Police described both boys as "highly intoxicated" and noted that the one boy successfully threw up before fire personnel arrived.

Through interviews with Harvey, his girlfriend, and another friend, police say they found out the boys actually lived with their grandmother in California, and they were just in town to visit their father.

As part of a plea agreement, Harvey was sentenced to three years of probation for child abuse.

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Matthew Hendley
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