BERNE, N.Y. – The aunt of the Kenneth White, a 5-year-old boy police alleged was killed by his 19-year-old cousin, spoke out over the weekend.
Brenda VanAlstyne is the mother of Tiffany VanAlstyne, who allegedly strangled and beat Kenneth to death, according to authorities. Kenneth was in Brenda’s custody at the time of the incident.
According to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, the home the three resided in on Thacher Park Road in Berne was shut down Saturday due to code violations. VanAlstyne invited NEW10 ABC into the home to show crews what needed to be fixed.
“We needed to get four smoke detectors because we had to have them in each room, which I didn’t know that [we needed them] in each bedroom and then a carbon monoxide detector,” said VanAlstyne.
NEWS10 ABC reached out to the Knox building inspector about the code violations, but did not receive a response by press time.
Kenneth’s twin and younger sister who were also under the care of Brenda VanAlstyne are now in foster care.
“They took them because of this, because of what happened, but I am going to try and get them back because I didn’t hurt them it’s not my fault you know my daughter did it, you know it was an accident you know, something that’s tragic,” VanAlstyne added.
VanAlstyne believes it was her daughters mental health issues that led to the tragedy.Tiffany VanAlstyne stated in court that she suffers from bipolar disorder.
On Friday, Tiffany VanAlstyne was remanded without bail to the Albany County Jail. According to the Albany District Attorney, Kenneth’s case will likely appear before a grand jury Tuesday.