Teen babysitter pleads guilty to sexual assault and murder of two year old


YORKVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A teenage babysitter entrusted with the care of a two year old girl in June pleaded guilty Monday morning in Oneida County Court to sexually assaulting and murdering the toddler, describing the horrific events to the court.

Alec Champagne, 14, is an eighth grader in Whitesboro. However, instead of preparing for an upcoming winter break like many other students his age, Champagne instead appeared in Oneida County Court to plead guilty to the charge of sexual assault and second-degree murder.

Champagne admitted to killing two year-old Melissa Calhoun of Yorkville and is expected to serve five years of secured detention in a youth facility for the crime. The low amount of time and the incarceration at a youth facility is due to his age, said Oneida County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza.

In court on Monday, Champagne told the court all the graphic details of June 18, the day he was babysitting the Calhoun.

In court, Champagne said he was picked up that night by the Calhoun family and brought to their house to watch the two year-old girl and her one year-old brother.

A woman saying she was Melissa Calhoun's aunt tells NEWSChannel 2 that only the mother picked up Champagne that night and peeked in on the child, saying the father was not present for those events.

Champagne told the court he put the two to bed around 8 p.m., but Melissa Calhoun woke up around 10 p.m. crying, Champagne told the court.

"I hit her with the back of my hand because she wouldn't stop crying," Champagne told the judge.

After the initial strike, Champagne said he texted Melissa's mother to tell her she bit her lip, but that it was no need to come home.

Champagne then described how he hit the toddler with the refrigerator, and knocked her down several times because she wouldn't stop crying.

After the two watched television for a while, Melissa spilled water on her clothes. Champagne said after he took the toddler's clothes off, he sexually assaulted her.

"You never thought to tell anyone about the injuries?" asked Oneida County Court Judge Barry Donalty

"No," Champagne replied.

According to Champagne, Calhoun suffered four blows to the head before she was put in her room to sleep. The Calhoun family arrived home around 1 a.m. at which time they "peeked" into the children's room to see if they were asleep.

The next morning, Champagne woke up around 7:30 a.m., just before the Calhoun family discovered Melissa was dead.

"It's been a very difficult case for everyone concerned," said Coluzza. "The facts and circumstances are tragic. There are no easy answers in a situation like this this."

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