Robert Manwill, 8, was reported missing on Friday, July 24, 2009 and was last seen near his mother’s Melissa Scott Jenkins apartment complex in Boise, Idaho.
Robert Manwill lived with his father in New Plymouth most of the year but was spending the summer with his mother in Boise.
The mother of a Boise boy was on probation for fracturing the skull of the boy’s infant half brother, who was removed from her custody by the state.
On July 31 the authorities said that Missing Boise boy ‘may be the victim of a tragic event
Boise Police Deputy Police Chief Jim Kerns also announced that missing Robert Manwill, 8, may be injured and that his disappearnce is based on “suspicious circumstances.”
Manwill’s body was found in a Kuna canal on August 10th. Police said the boy was a victim of homicide and vowed to find his killer.
On Aug 18 2009, Boise Police announced they arrested two people in connection to the murder of 8-year-old Robert Manwill.
They said they arrested Robert’s mother Melissa Jenkins, 30, and her live-in boyfriend Daniel Ehrlick, Jr.
Court documents reveal that eight-year-old Robert Manwill was killed by Daniel Ehrlick Jr., who tortured and beat him to death while Manwill’s mother, Melissa Jenkins, hid her son from government authorities who might have helped him.
The beatings caused bruises, abdominal bleeding and injuries and head injuries that prompted Manwill’s death on or about July 24.
The indictment alleges that Ehrlick Jr. intentionally tortured Manwill “with the intent to cause suffering, to execute vengeance or to satisfy some sadistic inclination by inflicting on Robert G. Manwill extreme or prolonged acts of brutality with the intent to cause suffering.”
An Ada County grand jury indicted Jenkins and Ehrlick Jr. on charges of first-degree murder.
Jenkins first degree murder charge was dropped when she agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting a second degree murder as part of a plea deal, Ada County prosecutors announced in January 2011.
Jenkins is expected to spend 25 years in prison without parole.
Sentencing has been set for August 11 in front of 4th District Judge Darla Williamson. Jenkins’ attorneys can ask for a sentence where she could ask for parole before the 25 years are up, according to court records.
Ehrlick has pleaded not guilty, and his murder trial is scheduled to begin in April 2011. The plea agreement does not say if Jenkins has agreed to testify against Ehrlick.
UPDATE: Ehrlick was found quilty of first degree murder In June. State never called Jenkins to testify. Both will be sentenced on September 2,1011.
Jenkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.
Daniel Ehrlick was sentenced to life without parole.