posted on October 28, 2010 19:22
The Elmira woman accused of poisoning her two-year old Batavia stepson has beaten a murder rap.
Instead, 24-year-old Melissa Englehardt was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of little Andrew Cianfrini.
Chemung County Court Judge Peter Buckley handed down the verdict in the three-day non-jury trial.
Englehardt was accused of lacing Andrew’s sippy cup with windshield washer fluid.
In earlier statements, Englehardt had said she poisoned Andrew in hopes of making him sick, in order to win a custody battle.
She attempted to show the child became ill when visiting his mother, Kristen Cianfrini, in Batavia.
Englehardt was originally charged with Second Degree Murder. Her court appointed lawyer successfully argued that Melissa was not guilty of murder because there was no evidence to prove she did not care for her stepson.