It has been nearly four years since the disappearance and murder of 8-year-old Robert Manwill gripped the Treasure Valley. Manwill's mother, Melissa Jenkins, and her boyfriend Daniel Ehrlick were found guilty of the systemic abuse of Manwill. Ehrlick is behind bars for life for the boy's murder. Jenkins is in prison for 25 years, without the possibility of parole, for aiding and abetting the crime.
According to a March 2012 report, Manwill was considered a "contact child," because he resided in a household where there was an active protective case involving his half-brother. The report's authors wrote that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare "should develop guidelines to assess the risks of abuse, neglect or abandonment to a contact child."
Meanwhile, the young victim was remembered April 20 in the community of New Plymouth, where Manwill went to grade school. A series of events throughout the day, including Robert's Run, a 5K run and the Manwill Mile raised funds for a scholarship in Manwill's name.