Wyoming Teenager Dies After Parents Force Him To Consume Alcohol To Teach Him A Lesson
By Rahul Srinivas
September 17, 2015
The parents of a 16-year-old teenager from Urie, Wyoming, have been arrested after they allegedly forced the boy to consume excessive amounts of alcohol — which ultimately led to his death, The Uinta County Herald reports. The boy, Kendal Ball, was found dead at his home on July 7 this year.
His parents Joseph M. Richardson and Paulette L. Richardson were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with Kendal’s death. Kendal is the biological son of Paulette from an earlier marriage.
According to initial reports, Kendal’s mother and step-father “wanted to teach him a lesson” because the teen had, on several occasions, expressed his desire to drink and consume alcohol. The parents apparently wanted Kendal to get sick after alcohol consumption and learn about its bad after-effects the hard way. However their rather crude method of teaching the boy a lesson eventually led to his death. According to Paulette, she was worried about Kendal turning into an alcoholic like his own biological father and thought giving excessive amounts of alcohol and its after effects would eventually keep Kendal away from it.