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Mother enters plea for refilling dead son's prescriptions

Police say Michelle Koets and her husband refilled Samuel's Ritalin prescription nearly 10 times following his death in March of 2019.
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Tim and Michelle Koets walk into Hudsonville District Court Friday,

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Michelle Koets appeared in an Ottawa County courtroom Wednesday where she entered a plea to refilling her dead son's  prescription medications months after he drowned in the family's pool.

Koets pleaded no contest to the charges.This plea means that Koets concedes to the  charges, but doesn't admit guilt.

According to court records, Samuel Koets, 16, drowned in the family pool at their Georgetown Township home last March. Samuel had severe autism and the functioning level of 13-17 months, court records show. 

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Police say the parents refilled Samuel's Ritalin prescription nearly 10 times following his death. Timothy Koets was charged with three felonies, including obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and healthcare fraud. Michelle was charged with a misdemeanor. 

Investigators are questioning whether the prescription drugs were being administered to Samuel  before he died.  

The trial for Timothy is pending in Ottawa County Circuit Court. 

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