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Woman Charged with Serving Alcohol to Minor Who Drowned

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A Maple Grove woman has been charged with serving alcohol to a minor after the 20-year-old drowned in a pond.

On April 26, an investigation began in the accidental death of Andrew Michael Pitts whose body was found in Maple Grove in a pond near Elm Creek Boulevard.

Witnesses told the Sheriff’s Department detectives that Pitts was intoxicated after leaving a restaurant. He then walked a short distance and onto the partially-frozen pond. His weight was too much for the ice, so he fell through, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation determined that a Claddagh’s Irish Pub bartender served alcohol to Pitts, who is underage. Witnesses told investigators that Pitts was not asked for identification and that the bartender knew that Pitts was underage because they were friends outside of the establishment. The bartender, a 21-year-old woman, has been charged with selling liquor to an underage person, which is a gross misdemeanor.

Pitts was underwater for at least an hour before he was found by divers in the very dark water. He was then taken to Maple Grove Hospital, where doctors declared him dead

The incident is still under investigation. Pitts 21st birthday was to be on May 12.

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