Clinton Township mother pleads no contest in son’s death

By: Nick Powers | Fraser-Clinton Chronicle | Published April 18, 2024


MOUNT CLEMENS — A 25-year-old Clinton Township mother pleaded no contest to an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of her son on April 15.

Derricka Fleming allegedly left after putting her 5-year-old son to bed. During the early morning of Jan. 23, 2023, the child was found outside the apartment in a park close by. Her son was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

“Today’s no contest plea brings some measure of closure, but it can never fill the void left by the loss of a precious life,” Macomb County Prosecutor Peter J. Lucido is quoted as saying in a press release. “Our hearts ache for the innocent child whose potential was tragically cut short.”

Fleming’s attorney, Macomb County Assistant Public Defender Noel Erinjeri, said he had “no comment” on the outcome of the case.

Fleming is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. on June 12, 2024, by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn Viviano. She could face up to 15 years in prison for the felony charge.