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Paulette RichardsonURIE, WY — Joseph Richardson and Paulette Richardson are facing manslaughter charges after they let Paulette’s 16-year-old son drink until he died from alcohol poisoning.

According to court documents, Paulette’s son, Kendal Ball, had been expressing a desire to drink. Paulette would tell police that the boy’s biological father was an alcoholic and she was afraid her son would turn out like him.

In order to stop that from happening, the couple came up with a genius plan to let the kid drink. Joseph would explain later that he was told the best way to stop the boy from drinking would be to let him drink until he got sick.

So on the night July 6, Ball started drinking with his step-father and a family friend. How much the kid drank in a two hour time-span all depends on who you ask.

Paulette said her son drank a few shots of Fireball and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s. Joseph said his stepson drank a few ounces of Jack Daniel’s. The family friend said the teen drank a little bit of Fireball and some beer.

Two hours later, Ball said he was ready for bed. Paulette said she checked on Ball around 11 p.m., and he gave her a thumbs up. Joseph would call for an ambulance around 3:45 a.m. after he checked on the teen and found he was unresponsive and about as far from “ok” as you can get.

Kendal BallAccording to the affidavit, Ball’s lips and eyelids were dark blue, he was cool to the touch, and there was a large amount of dark, thick fluid pooled on the floor from his mouth and multiple places that looked like vomit on the floor.

Uinta County Coroner Greg Crandall would later provide a toxicology report that revealed Ball’s blood-alcohol level was a staggering .587 – more than seven times the legal limit for someone 21 or older to drive a vehicle in Wyoming.

Ball’s probable cause of death would later be listed as complications of acute alcohol poisoning.

On September 8, Joseph and Paulette Richardson were charged with involuntary manslaughter and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The family friend has not been charged at this time because, according to Uinta County Attorney Loretta Gerrard, he had no legal obligation to care for the teen. She also said she hopes that this teen’s death may stop other dumbasses from making the same mistake with their children.

“I am not here to make parenting decisions for people,” she said. “What I hope people understand, however, is that some traditional parenting lore, wives tales or theories don’t apply in an age where we have refined products that accelerate the effect of chemicals on the human body.”

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