DA Charges Friend of Gilroy Teen Who Died After Sleepover

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    A friend of the Gilroy teen who died after a slumber party that involved consuming alcohol has been charged.

    You may remember Sara Botill, 15, died last December.  An adult called 911 after Botill was found unconscious the morning after the sleepover.   She died later that morning.

    This week the Santa Clara County district attorney's office filed a misdemeanor charge against 18-year-old Kayla Dunigan.  They say she provided at least some of the alcohol that Botill consumed that fateful night. The official charge is furnishing alcohol to a minor.  Dunigan allegedly brought a bottle of Ketel One vodka to the slumber party. 

    Dunigan turned herself in Wednesday.  She was quickly released on the promise to appear in court next month.

    Investigators said they did not charge Dunigan with anything directly related to Botill's death because the Coroner's office was not able to determine what exactly killer her.  Botill had a blood alcohol level of .053, which is well below what is considered a fatal amount.  The autopsy showed she had a pre-exiting heart condition that could have been exacerbated by alcohol or that she could have inhaled water or vomit while she was intoxicated.  The girls said they tried to sober Botill up before they got help by putting her in the shower.

    Danigan faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

    An estimated 145,000 people under the age of 20 each year in the U.S. end up in emergency rooms after drinking too much alcohol.