ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Some 12 hours ago Tiffany VanAlstyne was in court, admitting to Kenneth White’s murder.
It’s a small step towards justice for the boy, but his death revealed flaws in the system that Sheriff Apple and the community say cannot be ignored.
The 20-year old was arrested for the murder of her own cousin, 5-year old Kenneth White.
Now, some justice for the child, as VanAlstyne pleaded guilty to killing him and ditching his body over a guard rail across from their Knox home on Thatcher Park Road. It was one of the most emotional cases for Sheriff Craig Apple.
“She came up with this huge scheme to basically deceive us while her cousin was less than 100 yards away dying in a snow bank,” said Sheriff Apple.
His murder led to the creation of Kenneth’s Law, after CPS denied police access to his records, hindering the investigation.
“Not many days go by where I don’t get inquiries from people about CPS or families going through something relatively similar,” said Sheriff Apple.
Strangers soon banded together for a young boy they never knew. Over time, the community held vigils, raised money for Kenneth’s gravestone, and contributed to a trust created by Sheriff Apple for Kenneth’s two sisters.
She says their goal is to shed light on a system that failed Kenneth, in order to save others.
“If we can stop one more child from being hurt or murdered, his death will not have been in vain,” said Ansbro-Ingalls.
Kenneth’s two sisters are still in foster care, after their aunt Brenda VanAlstyne was denied custody.
Sheriff Apple tells me their trust continues to grow. Now on the one year anniversary of little Kenneth’s death, Kenneth’s Army will hold a vigil at his murder scene.
Meanwhile, VanAlstyne will be sentenced on January 14 from anywhere between 18 years to life in prison.