Man Dies Before Trial for Pulling Child’s Teeth

by Staff on September 25, 2011 · 1 comment

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Andrew Richards, the 28-year-old Madison man accused of using pliers to pull the teeth of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son, died Wednesday.

According to Coroner Alice Carlson Jackson, his death was due to complications from congestive heart disease. Richards had suffered from multiple health problems in the past, including a stroke at age 19.

Due to his health condition, Richards had been transferred back and forth between the Jefferson County Jail and King’s Daughter’s Hospital, however he was released on June 3rd on home detention because the jail staff could not handle his medical needs.

Richards (above right) and Jessica Carder (above left), the boy’s mother, were arrested late last year on multiple felonies relating to abuse of the two-year-old boy. According to the probable cause affidavit, Richard used a pair of pliers to pull two teeth out of the mouth of the two-year-old. According to Carder, Richards had taken “six to eight” Oxycontin pills on the day of the incident.

Carder was sentenced to 13 years in prison last month after pleading guilty to a charge of child neglect and in exchange for her testimony against Richards.

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