Mother charged with child abuse set for hearing

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — The mother of a 15-year-old girl who died from a drug overdose in 2013 remains in Wayne County Jail awaiting trial on June 16 for allegedly supplying her daughter with drugs.

Michele Rydlicki was arrested March 26 and charged with three counts of felony child abuse, felony delivery of narcotics and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Detective Jerome Yoscovits said. She is set to appear in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on the charges.

Rydlicki was recently deemed competent to stand trial in 27th District Court. She is not charged with the death of her daughter, Kerrigan Michele Brandon. Yoscovits said abuse can be acts or omissions that can lead up to death without causing death.

“It was a lengthly investigation,” Yoscovits said. “The information we gathered was very lengthly.”

Yoscovits said there were no signs of physical abuse against Brandon.

If convicted, Rydlicki faces up to 34 years and three months in prison.

“Hopefully she can get this resolved and have a productive life,” Yoscovits said.

Police said Rydlicki went out Jan. 11, 2013, leaving her daughter with the girl’s aunt. When she returned to the house on the 900 block of Oak Street the next morning, she found Brandon unresponsive and called 911.

Brandon was taken to Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. She died Feb. 13.

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