In what will come across as a really shocking development, a woman
has reportedly tied up her own son, put him in a car and set the car on
A British mother who bound her 11 year-old son’s wrists before putting
him in a car and setting it on fire has been jailed for just two years and
five months, GISTMANIA reports.
Sherri Richter, 48, was handed the minimum sentence on Thursday for
the bizarre crime which she committed at a cemetery in Frenchtown
Township, Mi., last June.
It saw her tie the unnamed boy up, before setting a fire in the Ford
Focus’ trunk alight, according to GISTMANIA
Unhappy with the size of the blaze that generated, Richter then moved
on to pouring gasoline in the car’s passenger compartment, where her
terrified son sat – only to change her mind and save him moments
Monroe County sheriff’s officials said after: ‘This fire did not ignite
while the boy struggled to free himself from the vehicle.
‘The mother then freed the boy from the vehicle and they walked away
until locating an employee from the cemetery.’
It was that employee who freed Richter’s son from his bindings.
Richter later pleaded no contest to second-degree child abuse after an
assault with intent to murder charge was dropped.
Her short sentence came after her defense highlighted how she had
already spent 12 months in jail, and said a longer sentence would not
help her son.
She made a groveling apology in court after, saying: ‘I’m sorry to my
son … and family, that I love very much.’
But that cut little ice with sentencing Judge Michael Weipert, who said:
‘We have a mother who did the unthinkable, committed a horrendous
act of violence against her own son in an attempt to take his life.
‘I cannot imagine the terror that that poor boy felt to know that his own
mother was doing this to him.’
Bizarrely, Richter’s husband made a plea to the court to consider
reuniting the mother with her son after she is released from jail.
Judge Weipert slammed his request, saying: ‘He should never be left
alone with her.
‘Dad’s obligation now is to protect his son.’