Mom confesses to killing 2-year-old found in cardboard box

2-Year-Old Found Suffocated In Cardboard Box; Mother Confessed To Killing Him

SHEBOYGAN FALLS (WITI) -- A Sheboygan Falls mother, accused of suffocating and killing her two-year-old son appeared in court Monday, August 8th.

27-year-old Katlyn Kinateder has been charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide, and one count of moving, hiding, burying the corpse of a child.

Police said an initial investigation revealed Kinateder may have strangled her son. A criminal complaint says she suffocated him with a plastic bag.

A judge in court on Monday afternoon ordered $750,000 bond for Kinateder.

"It`s always distressing when a two-year-old...children are among the most vulnerable in society. And adults are supposed to protect them, not kill them," Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said.

The criminal complaint states that Sheboygan Falls police on Thursday, August 4th were dispatched to an apartment unit on Woodiew Avenue after receiving a 911 call that a two-year-old child was strangled and killed.

Upon entering the apartment building, the complaint says officers were confronted by a woman armed with a knife -- standing at the top of the main stairway leading to her apartment. Sheboygan Falls police drew their firearms and ordered the woman to drop her knife.

The complaint states that the woman began to descend the stairs holding the knife -- ignoring officers' commands.

When the woman reached the outside walkway, she put the knife on the ground and obeyed officers' commands to walk away from the knife and lay on the ground. She was then tased and taken into custody.

Officers then entered the apartment building and located the two-year-old child, Dexter Kinateder. He was found in a hallway closet -- in a cardboard box that had been stacked below two other cardboard boxes.

Dexter Kinateder was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The complaint indicates Katlyn Kinateder was interviewed by police, and admitted to killing Dexter by placing a plastic bag over his head -- suffocating him.

Kinateder told police she had "lost my mind" and wanted to die.

When questioned about the incident involving the knife when officers arrived, Kinateder said she wanted police to "shoot her dead."

"She reiterated that she had lost it. She was tired of looking at him, that is, the child," DeCecco said.

Kinateder told police she felt "lost" and had stopped taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication nine months prior because she thought she could "handle it."

Kinateder was the one who called 911 in this case, leading officers to the apartment building around 3:00 p.m. on August 4th.

With little emotion in her voice, Kinateder told a Sheboygan County 911 operator she killed her son.

911 Operator: "You what?"

Mother: "I killed my son."

911 Operator: "How did you kill your son?"

Mother: "I strangled him."

The woman says her child had been dead inside her home for a half hour.

911 Operator: "Can you tell me what led up to this?"

Mother: "I have no idea. I feel like I have lost my mind."

After several minutes passed, the caller was suddenly quiet.

911 Operator: "Are you still here?"

Mother: "I have a knife."

In the distance, police began to shout, "drop the knife, drop the knife."

Sheboygan Falls Police Chief Steven Riffel told reporters on Friday the officers involved in this case were wearing body cameras -- and the struggle with the suspect at the scene was indeed caught on camera.

Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said Monday he anticipates Kinateder will likely plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

"What that means is, mental health professionals have to determine whether she does suffer from mental disease or defect and in addition, that that particular condition either prevented her at the time she did this from knowing right from wrong or from controlling her behavior," DeCecco said.

Kinateder will next be in court on August 18th for her preliminary hearing.

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