Mom, Boyfriend Accused of Putting Booze in Disabled Boy’s IV

A woman and her boyfriend were due to appear in court Wednesday on charges they put alcohol in her disabled 13-year-old son's IV tube, contributing to his death. Melissa Robitille and Walter Richter III were charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the August death of Isaac Robitille. They faced arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Caledonia County.

Police say Isaac was born with significant medical conditions and disabilities that required the assistance of caretakers, feeding tubes and intravenous tubes.

The couple, both 38, were charged with using the IV tube to administer alcohol to the boy, leading to his death. An autopsy found his blood-alcohol content was about twice the legal limit for adult drivers. Isaac's health conditions included a brain abnormality listed as the cause of death with the alcohol listed as a contributing factor.

Bail was set at $500,000 each for Robitille and Richter, who were jailed at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

Image: Melissa Robitille and her boyfriend, Walter Richter III
Melissa Robitille and her boyfriend, Walter Richter III. Vermont State Police say the pair put alcohol in Robitille's disabled son's IV tube, killing the 13-year-old boy. They were charged on Oct. 7 with murder. Vermont State Police via AP


- The Associated Press