Charges Filed For Party That Led To Teen’s Death
MADISON (AP) – A father and son are charged with hosting an underage drinking party attended by a student athlete from Dawson who was later found dead of hypothermia.
Fifty-nine-year-old Gary Hastad and his 19-year-old son, Erik, are accused of violating the Lac qui Parle County social host ordinance, a misdemeanor. The younger Hastad is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Eighteen-year-old Michael Anyasike was reported missing March 9 after fleeing from the party as sheriff’s deputies arrived. His body was found more than 12 hours later about a mile from the Madison area farm where the party was held. A medical examiner ruled alcohol was a contributing factor to his hypothermia death.
The younger Hastad has been booked into jail. A call to the Hastads’ home seeking comment went unanswered Monday.