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Woman With Ties to Tucker Cipriano Finds Son Dead

Christine Frederick discovered her son, Neil Lilly, cold and unresponsive late Monday morning.

Christine Frederick, who said she once provided a home to a Farmington Hills man accused of killing his father and assaulting his mother and brother, has lost her son to a suspected drug overdose. 

According to a Farmington Hills Police report, Frederick found her son Neil Lilly, 20, at around 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Frederick told police that her son came home late Sunday night and was constantly rubbing his nose. The report indicated that Frederick asked him whether he had taken any drugs, and he said he hadn't. 

Lilly laid down to sleep on his mother's bed, the report noted, and Frederick laid beside him until he fell asleep. When she checked on him the next morning, she told police, he was cold and unresponsive. Lilly was taken to Botsford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The report indicated that police found eight pills in Lilly's bedroom; a physician told police that hospital staff found 10 pills in his pocket. A friend also told police that Lilly may have ingested morphine, according to the report. 

Frederick and her attorney Steven Schwartz said in interviews with WJBK-TV and the Detroit Free Press that they believe Lilly died of a morphine overdose. No cause of death was listed in the police report, and an autopsy is being conducted. 

Schwartz told the Free Press that Frederick is "devastated". He said Lilly had graduated from high school and was doing well in community college. 

“An overall promising future – a great young man,” Schwartz told the newspaper. “And he was loved by so many people. It’s just so sad.”

After a court proceeding in 2012, Frederick told reporters she once took in Tucker Cipriano, who along with Mitchell Young, is set to go on trial in June for the April 2012 murder of Tucker's father, Bob, and assaults on his mother, Rose, and brother, Salvatore. 

Frederick is scheduled to go to trial this spring on drug-related charges not tied to the Cipriano case. Schwartz has said his client was issued a medical marijuana card prior to a raid that eventually led to her arrest.  

A memorial fund has been established at Credit Union ONE branches to help with funeral expenses. 

Vera Lucksted February 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM
I'm sorry for her loss, wouldn't wish this on anyone.
Debra L. Van Buren February 20, 2013 at 09:41 AM
I am deeply saddened to learn that Christine Frederick's son died of an apparent drug overdose. No one deserves to die at such an early age. His death sould be viewed as an alert to other youths who engage in illegal drug use, and/or suspected use thereof.

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