Police in Ames have filed charges in connection with an incident at a fraternity house last month that badly injured an Iowa State University freshman. On September 7th, 18-year-old Kaleb Stebens of Davenport fell out of a third-story bedroom window from the FarmHouse fraternity. He is still hospitalized, but is listed in good condition at Mercy Capitol in Des Moines.
Ames Police Commander Jim Robinson says the investigation has resulted in charges against two young men from Ames. "One was charged with providing alcohol to a minor, which is a serious misdemeanor, and the other individual was charged with a municipal infraction – prevention of consumption," Robinson said.
Kyle Penney and Joseph Baye, both 21, are charged in the case. Penney admitted to police that Stebens gave him $30 to buy rum and beer. Baye hosted a party where he allegedly made no attempted to stop underage people from drinking alcohol.
Stebens fell out of a window in a room where nearly 30 fraternity members sleep in bunk beds. It’s called a "cold air room" because the windows are open and do not have screens. Robinson says there’s nothing to indicate the fall was anything other than an accident.