Wyoming parents charged in teen's alcohol death after trying to 'teach him lesson' about dangers of drinking: cops BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12:32 PM A A A Share this URL Facebook The mother and stepfather of 16-year-old Kendal Balls, who died of acute alcohol poisoning, are charged with involuntary manslaughter. A Wyoming mom and stepdad are behind bars after their 16-year-old son died of alcohol poisoning — after they tried to "teach him a lesson" about the dangers of drinking, police said. Paulette Richardson and her husband, Joseph Richardson, were charged with involuntary manslaughter last week after her son, Kendal Ball, was found dead at home in Urie, in southwest Wyoming, on July 7. For the last three years, Ball had said he wanted to drink, according to court documents. Concerned he would turn out like his alcoholic biological father, the Richardsons said they wanted to prove a point about the hazards by getting him sick. They encouraged Ball to drink over the course of two hours, in which Ball put back multiple shots of Fireball and Jack Daniels, before putting him to bed, police said. Paulette Richardson said she checked on her son at around 11 p.m., when he gave her a thumbs-up. When her husband checked on Ball at 3:45 a.m., he was unresponsive and paramedics soon found him with dark blue, cool skin, according to the Uinta Herald. When Ball died, he had a blood alcohol content of .587 — about seven times the legal limit for drivers. Uncredited/AP Paulette L. Richardson was booked into jail in Evanston, Wyo. Enlarge Uncredited/AP Joseph M. Richardson found his stepson unresponsive at home, police said. Enlarge Paulette and Joseph Richardson face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, and prosecutors are weighing whether to charge a friend who was home at the time. "I am not here to make parenting decisions for people," Uinta County Attorney Loretta Gerrard 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." Sheriff Doug Matthews said Tuesday the Richardsons remained in the county jail. "It's a tragedy," Matthews said. "There's both sides of the issue. The majority of the people in the community are concerned — they're wanting to know more."