Paulette Redding

Paulette Redding (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Michigan Mom Gets Probation In Adult Son's Wiper Fluid Death

October 01, 2018 - 3:22 pm

ANN ARBOR (AP/WWJ) - A Michigan mother has been sentenced to two years' probation after failing to seek timely medical treatment for her disabled adult son who died from drinking windshield wiper fluid.

The Ann Arbor News reported Monday that a Washtenaw County judge last week also ordered 45-year-old Paulette Lorraine Redding to perform 50 hours of community service. 

Court records show that in June of 2015 Redding found an open bottle of washer fluid and a puddle near her son in her Sylvan Township home, about 60 miles west of Detroit. Her son, who had cerebral palsy, became unresponsive and was taken the following day to a hospital.

The 21-year-old died several days later.

"...The criminal complaint filed with the court states that the defendant directly cared for or had physical custody of a vulnerable adult, and she caused serious physical harm to the vulnerable adult by failing to secure medical treatment in a timely manner," Chief Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Steven Hiller said in a statement.

According to Michigan Department of Corrections records, Redding -- who was initially charged second-degree vulnerable adult abuse -- pleaded no contest to a charge of third degree child abuse on Aug. 27.  A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

An attorney for Redding said his client made a judgment on how to handle the young man's condition by monitoring him and believed she was doing the right thing. 

Records show Redding must also pay fees and court costs, submit to drug testing, report monthly to an agent and not leave the state without permission as conditions of her probation. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.