Wendy Rittenhouse is the mother of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was accused of shooting and killing two BLM protestors in August 2020, following the death of Jacob Blake. Also, many believed her to be the one who drove her son to the protests, while the reports suggested that Kyle drove himself to Kenosha.
So who is she? Keep reading this Wendy Rittenhouse Bio to learn all about Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother.
Meet Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle Rittenhouse Mother
It was August 2020 when Kyle Rittenhouse shot at demonstrators who were marching to protest the Black Lives Matter shooting of Jacob Blake. He allegedly shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.
As of November 2021, he was standing trial in Wisconsin and facing six criminal charges including first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree intentional homicide. For which, he has pleaded not guilty on any charges.
According to Wendy, the act of her son was in self-defense. “Point-blank. It was all self-defense. I saw it. If I wasn’t his mother, I would have said the same thing – it was self-defense. He was chased by a bunch of mob,” she shared.
Also, Wendy revealed that as Kyle returned home, she gave him two options — either turn himself in or leave town. Kyle chose the former one and the two drove down to the police station (at 1 am) where they asked for an attorney.
“With Kyle, I know him and he probably would do it again because that’s the type of person he is. He always wants to help people. Even since he was a little boy,” Wendy further defend her boy.
But no matter the mother’s plea, a bunch of people were angered with Kyle’s action. Some even sent death threats to Wendy. “Your son is a white supremacist murderer b****. You and your family need to count your f***in days,” one text allegedly wrote.
Does Wendy Rittenhouse Have A Husband?
No, as of 2021, Wendy Rittenhouse didn’t have a husband. However, she does have an ex-husband named Mike Rittenhouse, Kyle’s father. The two were married back in 2000 and went on to have three kids together — Kyle, Faith, and McKenzie.
The children were 21, 18, and 17 years of age in 2021.
Wendy’s ex-husband, Mike was a machine operator who struggled with alcohol and drugs, and unemployment. He was even charged with domestic battery against Wendy, which was later dismissed.
But Mike wants to reconnect with the family now. He shared that he was sober and ready to share his family struggles. Reportedly, he had been paying $84 in child support per month since March 2014 and was obliged to do so until May 2022.
Also, shortly after the shootings, rumors were floating around that Mike was a former law enforcement officer. This is not true, there was no evidence of Mike ever being a police officer or deputy sheriff.
Wendy Rittenhouse Age
Wendy Rittenhouse was 46 years of age in 2021; when she was fighting for her son’s innocence.
She was born on September 24, 1974, and is of the Libra zodiac.
Wendy Rittenhouse Job
Wendy is a certified nursing assistant who worked at an assisted living community called Travanse Living in E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL.
Even during the day of the shooting, Wendy confessedly had a tiring 16-hour shift and slept late after returning home from her job.
In case you want to know, a certified nursing assistant in IL earned around $18 an hour. Which wasn’t sufficient for the family of four. Thus, they struggled financially.
Moreover, her dyslexia and health issues weren’t helping at all.
Because of money troubles, Wendy has and her kids have lived in a homeless shelter for a certain time. In 2018, she was even evicted from her home. After which, she filed for bankruptcy and attempted to overdose. Fortunately, they found her in time and she ended up spending some time in hospital.
Is There A Fundraiser For Wendy Rittenhouse?
In light of Wendy’s financial status, several donations were raised to help her with living expenses such as food, rent, and health care for her children.”
Here’s one of the fundraising pages. It had a goal of $150K, out of which $7.5K was collected by 2021.
But after Kyle’s bail of $2 million, many supporters hesitated to help the family. Even many online vendors have taken down the merchandise that Kyle used to make his living off.
According to “givesendgo.com,” Wendy had no source of income, besides donations.
Where Is Wendy Rittenhouse From?
Wendy Rittenhouse is from Antioch, Illinois.
Is Wendy Rittenhouse On Facebook, Twitter?
Yes, as of November 2021, find her over Twitter @wendykayrittenh with 2.1K followers.
But we couldn’t find her Facebook and Instagram accounts.
As for her son’s socials, they were deleted soon after the incident.