ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Kenneth White’s biological father appeared in family court Wednesday, where a judge laid out new allegations of abuse and neglect against him.
It’s been more than two months since five-year old Kenny White was murdered. Kenneth was one of five children, the two oldest were in the care of their father, Kenny and the two youngest were in the care of their aunt, Brenda VanAlstyne.
Wednesday’s appearance was a pretrial conference for Brenda who is facing an abuse petition trial scheduled for March 25 and 26. Jayson is facing a neglect petition trial scheduled for March 26.
Attorney’s at family court detailed how authorities believe he failed his children, and shed new light on why they may have been living with their aunt in the first place.
Jayson White allegedly suffers from alcohol and substance abuse problems dating back to 2005 with a history of homelessness. It was alleged in court that he failed to maintain a clean, safe home for his children. The judge also stated in court that White hasn’t be showing up to his supervised visitations.
One example presented in the courtroom happened back in 2010. Authorities say police were called to White’s home — he was passed out after misusing prescription drugs. His two older children were found wandering outside. Officers found drug paraphernalia and shotgun shells on the floor.
Then in 2013, there are reports he failed to take his children to the dentist. Kenny had an abscess in his mouth and had to be rushed to the hospital. It was after those incidents that Brenda was given custody.
These allegations are made in family court, which means they are not criminal charges.
White, who has spoken with NEWS10 in the past, slipped out a back door after the hearing and running when spotted by news crews. A man parking his vehicle nearby told NEWS10 that White hit a parked car and did not stop while trying to get away.
“He came across and he was like right close and not hitting the breaks or anything. It was like bang, and then he hit this car. And it rocks back a good ways,” said the witness, William Price. “Its clear damage across the license plate and the hood is now popped.”
As Brenda left court, she told NEWS10 she knew about the allegations against White, saying “well, they’re all true.” During the court appearance, she was again denied visitation with the children. When NEWS10 ABC’s Amy Cutler asked her if she believed she could still be a caregiver for Kenny’s two sisters that remain in foster care, she said yes. When the fact that Kenny died while in her care was brought up, she said, “but that had nothing to do with me.”
Brenda’s daughter, Tiffany VanAlstyne, is accused of brutally murdering Kenneth in December 2014.
Tiffany VanAlstyne arrested after she allegedly told police that two masked men abducted the five-year old. An Amber Alert was issued and later cancelled after a K9 officer found White’s body in a culvert across from the Thatcher Park Road home where they lived in Knox. Authorities said it had been dumped over the guardrail and covered in snow.
An autopsy revealed the cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation and blunt force trauma.
Brenda VanAlstyne said she was not home at the time of the alleged murder and said her daughter told her the same story that she told police. In a previous court appearance, Tiffany told the judge she takes medicine for bipolar disorder.