MELISSA RENEE CALHOUN

BIRTH: November 11, 2007

DEATH: June 19, 2010

Melissa Renee Calhoun ~ Age 2

Melissa, 2, was sexually assaulted and murdered by her 13 year-old babysitter because he said “she annoyed him.”

The babysitter was a family friend who had watched the children – ages 1, 2 and 5 – in the past. Nothing appeared amiss when the children’s mother, Irene Calhoun, returned home around 1 a.m. and checked on Melissa.

The eighth-grade babysitter first told state police investigators that he had given the children animal crackers and juice as they sat on the couch and watched television until it was time to go to bed.

In later written and verbal statements, however, the 13-year-old admitted to physically and sexually assaulting 2-year-old Melissa. He admitted to pushing the toddler in the living room and causing her to hit her head.

“He said she wanted to play with him,” In his statement. “He said she was being annoying and that the rage had come out in him.”

The teenage babysitter admitted he: sexually assaulted her as he changed her diaper, popped her in the mouth, (He demonstrated the action with a backhanded motion), hit her with the door of the refrigerator, causing the child to hit her head on the leg of a table, and caused her to fall from her mother’s bed and strike her head on the nightstand. He was asked if she was in pain and he said,

“She cried.”

He then took the child to her mother’s room (where he let her fall off the bed and hit her head), brushed her hair, and then put to bed so when the mother checked in on her that she wouldn’t see anything amiss. It was the next morning that Melissa’s mother went into the room to wake her, and she was already dead. She called 9-1-1 and she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head and had been sexually assaulted.

Alec Champagne was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree aggravated sexual assault, as a juvenile. He later plead guilty and was sentenced to restrictive placement for 5 years.

As part of his sentence, he will have to spend the first 18 months in secure placement, similar to incarceration. He then will spend a year in looser residential placement, with occasional family and home visits. The nine months he spent after his arrest will count toward his total punishment. For the remainder of the five-year period, the state Office of Children and Family Services will determine whether he will be returned to secure placement, continue residential placement or be released on parole-like conditions. State officials also can request to extend his placement until he is 21.

OTHER LINKS:

Thirteen-year-old babysitter charged in Oneida County toddler’s death

Babysitter said he was annoyed with toddler, who later suffered head injuries and sexual assault

Eighth-grade babysitter charged with second-degree murder in death of 2-year-old Yorkville girl

Oneida County judge considers statements made by teenage babysitter accused in toddler’s death

Baby sitter pleads not guilty to murder in death of 2-year-old

Oneida County teen pleads guilty to sexually assaulting, killing toddler

Baby sitter receives 5 years restrictive placement in toddler’s death

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