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“Girls “ Star Lena Dunham Speaks Out Over She Sexually Abused her Sister

November 5, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The daughter of an upstate New York social worker charged in a murder-for-hire plot targeting her ex-boyfriend spoke out in her defense Tuesday.

Melisa Schonfield, 57, was charged Friday after she allegedly tried hiring an undercover detective in the parking lot of a Walmart to kill Ernesto Negrillo.

The mother-of-two, who is married to a well-respected dentist, had allegedly agreed to pay the phony hit man $11,000, telling the officer the best way to dispose of the body was ‘feeding it to alligators.’

The allegations stunned Schonfield’s daughter, 31-year-old Alexis Schnofield, who was made aware of her mother’s arrest on Facebook.

The woman is a mother to a 2-year-old son with Negrillo. She claimed her ex-boyfriend had been verbally abusive toward her, but stressed that her mother has not admitted to trying to have him killed.

‘This only happens on a Lifetime movie, she said with tears in her eyes in an exclusive interview with ABC News. ‘My mom is not a monster. She’s not the mom that I grew up with, that I know.’

According to court documents, Mrs Schonfield’s husband, prominent upstate New York dentist Robert Schnofield, knew about the murder-for-hire plot and even joked about the possibility of his wife getting caught.

However, in an interview with ABC News, Her daughter dismissed the notion that her father had any prior knowledge of the alleged as Murder Conspiracy.

The 31-year-old mother described her on-again, off-again relationship with Ernesto Negrillo as volatile and marred by emotional and verbal abuse on his part – a claim Negrillo has denied.

Mr Negrilo said he now pities Melissa Schonfield, who will not be there for her grandson because of her ill-conceived actions.

Melissa Schonfield met Jefferson County Sheriff’s Detective Dave Pustizzi inside her car parked at a Walmart in Watertown, New York, last Friday to arrange a hit on Ernesto Negrillo, according to court papers.

After handing over an initial payment of $5,500 to the undercover cop, she was picked up by patrol cars.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department charged the 57-year-old married mother of two with second-degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal solicitation.

According to Dr. Schonfield’s website: ‘In addition to being wife, mother and grandmother; Melisa continues to focus on her own career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

She has totally embraced the grandmother role and has commented that being a grandparent is much less stressful than being a parent!

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