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Boise child slain last year, complained of pain just before death

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By KMVT News Staff / Associated Press

Boise, Idaho - Documents in the child murder case against a Boise mom and her boyfriend show that prosecutors say 8-year-old Robert Manwill was complaining of pain and struggled to walk the last time his mother saw him alive.

The mother, Melissa Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Daniel Ehrlick, are charged with first-degree murder in connection with Robert’s beating death.

The boy was reported missing in Boise last July 24; his body was found nearly two weeks later in an irrigation canal.

The Idaho Statesman reports that court records show, Jenkins told investigators 'she should have' sought medical attention for Robert the morning of his death, when he was complaining of back, chest and stomach pain and stumbled when he tried to walk.

Prosecutors say Ehrlick repeatedly abused the boy and Jenkins didn't stop it; not guilty pleas were entered by the court on their behalf.


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