Man kills disabled boy by putting vodka in feeding tube
30 October 2015, 11:02
Vermont - A US man has admitted he killed his girlfriend's
severely disabled child by putting vodka in the boy's feeding tube.
Walter Richters pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a
manslaughter charge in the August 22, 2014 death of 13-year-old Isaac Robitille
at the home they shared with Isaac's mother.
Richters, 38, is to be sentenced to at least three years in
prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. A sentencing date hasn't been
Richters also agreed to testify against the boy's mother,
Melissa Robitille, who police say approved giving her son vodka through the
intravenous tube because the child was "being fussy."
Prosecutors say Isaac was blind, had no ears, a cleft palate
and developmental delays.
Melissa Robitille has been charged with second-degree
murder. Her trial is scheduled for early next year.
Richters initially was also charged with second-degree
murder and, under a proposed plea agreement, would have served 18 months in
prison. But a judge last month rejected that proposal.
Richters, who has been in prison since his arrest last year,
can argue for less prison time at his sentencing.