Judge: Murder Charge Against Mother Unlikely in Child Alcohol Death

A judge says he is concerned about the second-degree murder charge levied against the mother of a 13-year-old boy who died; officials say Melissa Robitile's boyfriend put vodka in the child's IV in Hardwick, Vermont.

A Vermont judge says he has concerns about the murder charge against a Hardwick woman who police say was involved in the killing of her disabled son when her boyfriend put alcohol in his feeding tube.

In court Monday, Judge Robert Bent said he'd like to know how prosecutors can prove the second-degree murder charge filed against 38-year-old Melissa Robitille.

Robitille and Walter Richters both pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Robitille's 13-year-old son, Isaac Robitille. The boy was found dead at home Aug. 22. Richters told police he poured vodka in the boy's feeding tube to quiet him.

The Caledonian Record reports Robitille is asking to be released pending trial.

Her attorney didn't return a call seeking comment.

Richters faces a hearing Wednesday.

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