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Farmington Hills Woman: Tucker Cipriano 'Went Off the Deep End' After Birth Mom's Death

Christine Frederick says the teen accused in Monday's brutal attack on his family lived with her for several months last fall.

After  today of Tucker Cipriano, 19, and Mitchell Young, 20, who are facing charges in the , a Farmington Hills woman is pointing to Tucker's adoption and alleged drug use as possible triggers for his troubles. 

Outside the courtroom, Christine Frederick said Tucker spent several months with her last fall, while she recovered from brain surgery. She said she often takes in young people who have nowhere else to go, and he heard about her through friends. 

Tucker was on the right path, Frederick said, and didn't leave her house "because he didn't want to be around any bad influences."

"Tucker's real mom just died and that's when he went off the deep end," Frederick said.

Frederick and Alex Stone, a friend who was among about a dozen young people in the courtroom, said Tucker might have been high on the synthetic drug "Spice" the night of the attacks.

Rather than a cell, Frederick said, the teen needs help. "Until the courts can start seeing that these kids need help instead of sending them to jail where they don't get it, there's going to be a lot more of this."

Frederick said Tucker loved his father "with all his heart", and she doesn't believe he killed Bob Cipriano.

Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor John Skrzynski, however, has no doubt that Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young committed the crimes of which they are accused. In asking that Judge Marla Parker deny bail, Skrzynski called the facts in the case "just horrific".

"It is an inhuman crime," he said, asking for denial of bond based on public safety and "the quality of the proof that the Farmington Hills Police have assembled." 

Speaking after Young broke down in tears as Parker read the charges against him, Skrzynski said, "It's just a shame that this young man could not have displayed this type of humanity when cracking heads inside that house." 

The two men face charges of first degree homicide and felony murder, both punishable by life in prison, two counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of armed robbery, punishable by life or any number of years. Since an assault with serious injury occurred during the armed robbery, the minimum sentence is two years. 

Pre-exam conferences for both men are April 20, with preliminary examinations set for April 25. 

suzie q April 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Who is this Christine person who is so involved with Tucker? Is she blaming his parents for adopting him? She's almost making them out to be cruel monsters for bringing him into a loving family. She sounds like she needs her 5 minutes of fame. Are the police investigating her involvement? All forms of media - Please, Please, Please stop encouraging this nut to perform. From all reports so far, Tucker had a loving, caring family who did everything they could to help "their" son. I know a lot of adopted people who didn't kill their adoptive parents or resent them for giving them a loving home. I know people who have adopted because they wanted children, or had biological children and wanted to give that love to another chosen child. I know people who are closer to their adoptive children and actually look more like their adoptive children than their biological children. And none of the parents have been murdered from resentment of being adopted. This theory doesn't cut it with me. So now, we need to outlaw guns, drugs AND adoption?? Kids go on drugs whether they are adopted or not. They don't use drugs because their adopted. Unfortunately some teenagers can't resist the peer pressure to experiment and sometimes lose. It's so cruel to blame a dead father and critically injured mother for this.
A follower of the case... April 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Amen to the previous post! I wouldn't be surprised if this women turned out to be a supplier. She is a cat lady for delinquents and very much an enabler!
Angie D. April 20, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I thought the same thing, REAL is who wiped your snotty nose and came in the middle of the night when you had a bad dream. So glad someone else picked up on that!!!
Patricia Avery April 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Take the threats and actions of your children seriously and be prepared to defend yourself and family. I know.
Ryan Gumola April 28, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I used to live near this woman. She is a lunatic. Everything she is saying is a complete lie. She takes in these children to use them for all the money and government benefits she can. And while she "takes" care of these delinquents, she ends up wrapping them up in her pit-hole of a life. She deserves jail time and to be taught a severe lesson for giving or aiding in drug usage.

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