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Algonquin woman charged in underage drinking party found dead
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

Yvonne Genovese


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Published: 9/2/2009 4:38 PM

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A 34-year-old Algonquin woman who had been awaiting trial on charges she held a drinking party for children as young as 12 has been found dead, authorities said Wednesday.

The body of Yvonne Genovese was discovered in her home Aug. 27, Deputy McHenry County Coroner Curt Bradshaw said.

There were no obvious signs of injury, and an autopsy failed to provide clear indication of a cause of death. Toxicology results are pending.

"We didn't see anything that explained why she died," Bradshaw said.

Algonquin police Detective Sgt. Doug Lamz said there is no indication of foul play.

Genovese, of the 700 block of Majestic Drive, was arrested in January 2008 after police investigated claims she threw a New Year's Eve party where she provided alcohol and cigarettes to at least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 14. In all, there were about 30 children at the party, police said.

On Jan. 8, 2008, authorities alleged, Genovese took four underage girls to vandalize the home of a fifth girl who had posted information about the party online. According to a criminal complaint, the home and a car parked outside were vandalized with hair dye, syrup and eggs.

As a result of the two incidents, Genovese was facing four felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, 11 misdemeanor counts of the same offense and one count of criminal defacement.

Her attorney, John Ridgway, declined to comment.

Genovese had been scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial status hearing Sept. 15.