A woman from St. Johnsbury, Vermont was recently found guilty of manslaughter after poisoning her son with vodka. Melissa Robitille, 41, and Walter Richters, her live-in boyfriend, stood before the magistrates on Wednesday for the murder of 13-year-old Isaac Robitille. According to the Vermont woman’s affidavit, her 13-year-old son relied on a feeding tube to survive, as he had multiple disabilities.
Vermont Woman Offers Conflicting Testimony
On the 14th of August, 2014, Melissa Robitille, a freelance editor, blog curator, and author of sci-fi and paranormal books, was at home with Walter Richters, her live-in boyfriend. Robitille, 41, was the mother of a 13-year-old infant with multiple disabilities.
According to the authorities, Isaac Robitille, 13, was affected by blindness, had no ears, several developmental issues, a cleft palate, and relied on a feeding tube to stay alive. On that night, Robitille and Richters were mildly intoxicated with vodka. In fact, Richters admitted before the magistrates that he has a drinking issue.
As Robitille declared, Isaac was often predisposed to throwing tantrums, due to his condition. According to the couple’s initial statements, on that evening, Richters told the Vermont woman that a good way to soothe Isaac was to give him a little vodka. Both of them declared that, at that time, they didn’t think that a little drink will hurt the child. This is where the testimonies begin to diverge.
The Tables Have Turned for Vodka Case
Initially, Robitille told the authorities that it was she who fed Isaac the vodka through the IV tube, whilst her boyfriend was watching. The Vermont woman added that she gave Isaac approximately three tablespoons of vodka, a quantity she thought will be enough to allow him to sleep. However, while Robitille said that she was the one who carried out the deed, she later changed her testimony and said that it was her boyfriend who poured vodka into her son’s IV and that she needed to protect him.
According to the court documents, the couple was initially found guilty of second-degree murder. However, the charges were changed to manslaughter, after Richters agreed to plead guilty and testify against his significant other. For his role in Isaac Robitille’s death, Richters was sentenced to three years in prison.
As for Melissa Robitille, the Vermont Superior Court of St. Johnsbury found her guilty of manslaughter on Thursday. Reportedly, when the jury read the Vermont woman’s verdict, she exhibited not one sign of remorse.
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