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Police: Mom, Boyfriend Killed Son With Alcohol

Officials say Melissa Robitille and Walter Richter III put alcohol in Isaac Robitille's IV bag and killed him in Hardwick, Vermont.

Melissa Robitille Walter Richter
Vermont State Police

The mother of a Vermont 13-year-old who died in August and her boyfriend are charged with the boy's murder, accused of putting alcohol in the IV bag that had been keeping him alive.

Melissa Robitille and Walter Richter III, both 38 and both of Hardwick, were arrested on second-degree murder charges Tuesday.

Police say Robitille had called police on Aug. 22, saying she had found her son, Isaac, who was born with serious medical issues, dead that morning.

A toxicology report found that Isaac Robitille's blood-alcohol content was 0.146 percent, nearly double the 0.08 legal limit for adults driving in the state of Vermont.

Alcohol was listed by the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as a contributory cause of death. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

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