Presque Isle County woman sentenced in Death of 3 week old Baby Boy


PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY, MI – Kristen Richardson, accepted a plea deal on Monday, September 15th, 2014, admitting to third degree child abuse related to the death of her three-week-old baby boy in April of 2014.  She faced a judge for her sentence on December 29th, 2014.

Kirsten Marie Richardson
Kirsten Marie Richardson

Kirsten Richardson, 19-years-old,  was sentenced to nine months in jail on a second degree child abuse charge. She has 157 days of credit for the time she has already served. Richardson will also be put on 18 months of probation.  She could have received up to 10 years in prison.




On April 7th, 2014, three-week old Ashton Robert Richardson of Hawks, MI died from injuries he suffered from the alleged abuse he endured at the hands of Richardson’s 18-year-old boyfriend Joshua Alan Tough of Onaway.

Joshua Tough has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse.

Richardson said she knew that Tough had a criminal history and mental health issues but didn’t know Tough was possibly abusing the boy when left alone together.

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