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Arraignment Scheduled for Two Arrested in Hardwick for Homicide



posted at 11:07 am Thu Oct 9th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

10/8/14 - Melissa Robitille, age 38 of Hardwick, and Walter Richter III, age 38 of Hardwick, were lodged last night at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury, for a lack of $500,000 bail, each.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned today at 12:30 at the Caledonia Superior Court, Criminal Division.

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Stephanie Brackin | Vermont State Police - Public Information Officer
103 South Main Street | Waterbury, Vermont 05671
stephanie.brackin@state.vt.us<mailto:stephanie.brackin@state.vt.us> | 802-241-5277 (desk) | 802-279-9773 (cell)
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JOINT PRESS RELEASE
VERMONT STATE POLICE
HARDWICK POLICE DEPARTMENT

Hardwick, VT - 10/7/14 - On August 22, 2014 at approximately 9:05AM, the Hardwick Police Department received a 911 call from the residence of Melissa Robitille and Walter Richter III, in the village of Hardwick, reporting a deceased 13 year old male. Officers from the Hardwick Police Department were dispatched immediately to the residence, along with rescue. Upon arrival officers and emergency medical personnel verified that child was deceased.

Officers from Hardwick Police Department initiated an investigation, and learned that the caller, Melissa Robitille, discovered her son, Isaac Robitille, deceased that morning. Investigators also learned that Isaac was born with significant medical conditions, including multiple physical handicaps that required the assistance of caretakers, feeding tubes, and IVs to keep him alive.

As part of the death investigation the decedent was transported to the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Awaiting the final autopsy report and toxicology, the Hardwick Police Department along with detectives of the Vermont State Police continued to investigate the case. The toxicology report, received on September 5, indicated that Isaac's blood alcohol concentration was .146%. The OCME reported the cause of death as "Semi-Lobar Holoprosencephaly with a contributory cause of death as Alcohol" and the manner of death as "Homicide".

Through the course of the on-going investigation, it was learned that Isaac's mother, Melissa Robitille, age 38 of Hardwick, and her boyfriend Walter Richter III, age 38 of Hardwick, put alcohol in Isaac's IV bag and administered it to him; ultimately becoming the contributory cause of Isaac's death. As a result, Robitille and Richter were arrested today and are both facing 2nd degree murder charges. Once Robitille and Richter are processed, an update will be issued which will include information regarding bail, lodging, and arraignment.

For media questions, please contact the Caledonian County State's Attorney's office.

CASE# 14HW001483

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Stephanie Brackin | Vermont State Police - Public Information Officer
103 South Main Street | Waterbury, Vermont 05671
stephanie.brackin@state.vt.us<mailto:stephanie.brackin@state.vt.us> | 802-241-5277 (desk) | 802-279-9773 (cell)

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Relevant Address(es):
St Johnsbury, VT 05819 (Set as Local)
Hardwick, VT 05843 (Set as Local)

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