Man pleads guilty to putting vodka in boy’s IV
St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A Vermont man has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge after prosecutors say vodka he poured into the feeding bag of his girlfriend’s severely disabled child killed the boy.
Walter Richters entered the plea Wednesday in a St. Johnsbury courtroom as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Police say the 38-year-old Richters poured vodka into the feeding tube of his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son in August 2014 after he was “being fussy.” Richters said he poured the vodka with the consent of the mother, Melissa Robitille , also 38.
Prosecutors say the boy was blind, had no ears, a cleft palette and developmental delays.
The plea agreement calls for Richters to serve a minimum of three years in prison and testify against Robitille. She faces a charge of second degree murder.