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Police: Tennessee father forced 15-year-old son to keep drinking alcohol until he passed out

Posted at 9:28 AM, Sep 17, 2014

Police say an East Tennessee father forced his son to drink alcohol until he passed out as a punishment after he caught the 15-year-old boy drinking.

WBIR-TV reports Sweetwater police have charged 35-year-old Mark Allen Hughes with aggravated child abuse and neglect and with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The station reports police were called to the teen's home Saturday night by witnesses who said Hughes forced his son to play a drinking game. Officers said when they arrived, the boy had no pulse and they performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

The teen's grandmother told the station he has been released from the hospital and is doing well.

Sweetwater Police Chief Eddie Byrum says the case will be prosecuted to the fullest.