Babysitter ‘Strangled and Beat 5 Year Old Cousin to Death’ in Front of His Sister and Told Police He Was Kidnapped
Kenneth White, 5, was found murdered in a ditch near the trailer where he lived with his two sisters in Knox, New York. Allegedly his cousin, Tiffany Vanalstyne, 19, strangled and beat the child and then threw his body into the ditch. When questioned by the police, she said that he had been kidnapped by robbers.
From The Daily Mail:
A babysitter in Upstate New York bashed her five-year-old cousin in the head and strangled him to death before throwing his body over a guardrail into a ditch and covering it with snow on Thursday, police have revealed.
Tiffany Vanalstyne, 19, then allegedly called police to made up a story about little Kenneth White being kidnapped by two masked men in an effort to cover her tracks – sending authorities on a desperate search across Albany County, New York to find the boy.
‘I’m angry that we had a five-year-old killed and basically thrown away like a piece of trash. It’s sinful and it’s sad,’ Sheriff Craig Apple, who was visibly shaken by the horrific murder, said today.
Kenneth was brutally murdered Thursday afternoon as his twin sister Cheyenne and little sister Christine were playing in another room in the trailer where they lived in rural Knox, New York, police say.
Vanalstyne was charged with second-degree murder today. Her mother Brenda Vanalstyne told a judge that her daughter suffers from bipolar disorder, which she takes medication for.
Authorities have refused to comment on a possible motive for the murder.
Kenneth, Cheyenne, Christine were being cared for by their aunt Brenda after both their mother and father lost custody of the children. They lived with Brenda Vanalstyne for for more than a year and she had been granted legal custody about nine moths ago.
The mother of the children lives 25 miles away in Amsterdam, New York. Their father lives in Massachusetts.
Authorities described conditions inside the red-and-white striped as dangerous and are working to make sure Kenneth’s two sisters never return there.
Police say that after a doctor’s appointment on Thursday, Brenda Vanalstyne dropped the three White children and at home and left her daughter Tiffany to babysit them.
Tiffany Vanalstyne killed Kenneth just minutes after Brenda left the home on Thursday afternoon, authorities believe.
She then took his body down the road and threw it into a ditch. She covered it with snow to ensure it couldn’t be seen by passing cars, police say.
After the murder, Tiffany Vanalstyne called her mother and told her that Kenneth had been kidnapped by two masked men who barged into the trailer and pinned her to the ground.
Brenda, who was just minutes from home, told her daughter to call 911.