Imagine if you will, a bunch of drunken adults, using the birthday of a three year old as yet another excuse to get hammered. Suddenly a fight breaks out and the participants begin stabbing each other with beer bottles while 30 kids watch.
First of all, why are kids awake at 1 a.m.? Second, since when is a three year old kids birthday party attended by a bunch of adults where alcohol is being served? You just gotta love illegal immigration.
A large, beer-soaked melee broke out at a toddler’s birthday party early Tuesday in this small Hamilton County suburb, hospitalizing two men and prompting police from several agencies to respond.
“It was an unbelievable scene, the amount of blood and broken glass,” said Elmwood Place Police Chief William Peskin.
About 30 children witnessed the 1 a.m. brawl among 75 people at Elmwood Eagles Hall, 5633 Vine St.
None of the youngsters were injured, Peskin said.
The father of the 3-year-old birthday girl – Ramon Marcelo-Hernandez, 26, of Norwood – was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
Punches and beer bottles were thrown after a dispute that began earlier Monday among two men – a woman’s boyfriend and her ex-husband – came to a head at the birthday party for a 3-year-old.
When police arrived, some 150 people were still gathered and about half of them were participating in the melee, Peskin said.
Countless beer bottles were hurled, including ones that cut a man’s eye and injured a second victim’s head, neck and chest, he said.
More than 20 police officers from jurisdictions such as Cincinnati and St. Bernard swarmed the scene to restore order.
Police notified Hamilton County Job and Family Services, which is now investigating, Peskin said.
A total of 15 people were injured, including five who went to University Hospital, Peskin said. Four people were treated for cuts that required stitches and then released. One man underwent eye surgery from a stab wound from a broken beer bottle, the chief said. Doctors are doing tests to check for possible brain damage.
An investigation continues. More arrests are expected.
“The whole party was Hispanic, so we’re having language barriers and they are being very uncooperative,” Peskin said.
A police officer who speaks Spanish was summoned from Wyoming to assist.
Elmwood Eagles, a fraternal organization, rented the hall out for the party, Peskin said. Their members were not involved in the brawl.