Mother sentenced in child abuse case

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — Nearly a year and a half after her teen daughter’s death, a Wyandotte mother was sentenced to three years probation and six months in jail with 100 days credit for time served.

Michele Rydlicki, 43, was sentenced July 3 in the Wayne County Circuit Court on a single count of child abuse. Rydlicki was originally charged with three counts of felony child abuse, felony delivery of narcotics and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She pleaded guilty, however, on June 17 to one count of child abuse and delivery of a controlled substance in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining charges. The charges stem from her 15-year-old daughter’s overdose on Jan. 11, 2013. Kerrigan Michele Brandon died in Mott’s Children’s Hospital on Feb. 13.

Rydlicki was arrested on March 26, 2014, and has remained jailed since.

Detective Jerome Yoscovits said there were no signs of physical abuse and that Rydlicki was never charged with the death of her daughter.

He said abuse can be acts or omissions that can lead up to death without causing death.

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