Feedback: Farbotnik's 5 Children Are Returned To Him
A Massena man, whose wife's death police describe as "unusual", had his five children returned to him Wednesday afternoon.
"I am very happy to have my children back," he said.
The Department of Social Services Family Court petition initially described Farbotnik as "a suspect" in his wife's death and that returning the children to him would be contrary to their best interests.
"The judge found that the children were not in imminent risk based on...what's known about the investigation," said attorney David Willard.
Farbartnik said the children were taken into foster care early Monday morning, shortly after his 43 year old wife, Vinira, was found dead in a pond on the family's property on Route 37C.
Police questioned Farbotnik for eight hours and released, he said.
An autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon on Vinira.
While James Farbotnik has not been charged in connection with his wife's death, he has not been officially ruled out as a suspect either.
He has put forward several conspiracy theories including animal mutilations.
However, state police remain tight-lipped about the direction of their investigation.
Investigators also spent some time inside Farbotnik's computer store in downtown Massena.
But one veteran investigator said after all is said and done, we may never know for sure what exactly did happen to Vinira Farbotnik.
Monday, July 25, 2016, Watertown, NY
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