Kenneth White's cousin, 19 year
old Tiffany VanAlstyne called 911 to report that two masked people had
come into their home and kidnapped her nephew. An Amber Alert was
issued and a search began.
After an hours long search, Police dogs were able to pick up the scent
of Kenneth's body and he was found, covered in snow in a drainage pipe.
It turned out that the main suspect in the missing boys death would be
Tiffany herself. Craig Apple, the Sheriff said that when they were
interviewing Tiffany, her story was not consistent and he began to
suspect she was lying:
"Things did not add up.
We're angry we had a five year old taken from us, a
senseless death. It's sinful and it's sad"
Apple - Sheriff
was charged with second degree murder and she didn't say a word during
her arraignment. Tiffany would be represented by the Albany County
Public Defender's Office:
"We had more than
enough evidence to go forward with a murder charge"
Apple - Sheriff
Craig Apple said that he had three children at home and he was going to
go home and hug them all. Brenda VanAlstyne said that her daughter
suffered with Bi- Polar disorder for which she takes medication.
Uncle and Aunt Kenneth and Brenda VanAlstyne were the legal guardians
of Kenneth, who was five years old, his twin sister Cheyenne and his
four year old sister Christine since they had been in the custody of
the family for a little over a year with the Uncle and Aunt having
gained legal custody about nine months prior to Kenneth's death. It was
unclear if any of the other children had been witnesses to the attack
on Kenneth though reports said they were playing in another room of the
home at the time.
Kenneth was reported to have suffered a blow to his head before he was
strangled and then tossed like a piece of trash over the guard railing
of a road that was about 40 years from the home they lived in. A
warrant was granted and Police returned to the home to do a thorough
The mother of Kenneth and his siblings was reported to live in
Amsterdam and their father lived in Massachusetts, they were both
reported to have lost custody of the children. Tiffany was often the
baby sitter for the children when her parents were out. Police had
apparently been to visit the home on several occasions, though it
wasn't reported what they had been there for.
District Attorney P. David Soares stated that the remaining children
were placed in protective custody due to problems in the home which
would put the lives of the occupants in danger and that several
agencies were investigating the conditions in which the family had been
living. P. David Soares said:
"Everyone prayed to
find this child abuse, but unfortunately that was not the case"
Reports said that the town
of Knox code enforcement had shut down the home that the family was
The home was said to be a
dangerous environment and several child protective agencies as well as
law enforcement were working to make sure that none of the children
would ever be returned to that home. Reports said that the floor in
the home was close to caving in. A fireplace in the home did not have
the proper venting system and duct tape had been used in several places
and there were electrical problems in the home as well.
Brenda had a doctors appointment on the day Kenneth died and she left
Tiffany to baby sit and it was only minutes later that Kenneth died.
Tiffany called her mother after dumping Kenneth's body and told her
he had been kidnapped, Brenda told her to call 911.
On December 19, Tiffany was in court on Friday, December 19, 2014 and
she plead not guilty to a charge of felony second degree murder, no
bail amount was set for her.
Reports said that Jayson and Christine White had abandoned their
children and a hearing had been set up in order for them to get custody
of their children returned to them, neither of them showed up.
Apparently, the surviving children had at least six other siblings,
some live with their parent and one had died as an baby in 2005.
Berne-Knox Westerlo Elementary School planned to hold a candle light
vigil in Kenneth's honor since that had been the school he attended. A
candle light vigil was planned for December 22, 2014. The vigil was set
to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Helderberg Trail School. sadly, that's the
day I am adding Kenneth's story to my site.
A small memorial was started for Kenneth on the road above where his
body was found.
Kenneth "Kenny" D. White
D. “Kenny” White 5, of Thacher Park Road, Town of Knox, Albany County,
NY., passed away Friday morning December 19, 2014 at home.
on August 22, 2009 in Schenectady, NY; he was the son of Jayson and
Christine VanAlstyne White.
was a kindergarten student at Berne-Knox Westerlo School.
my son, you will always be the most important part of my heart and
memories. I’ll forever cherish the moments that I held you in my arms.
You graced me from day one with your smile and your charm. Now you’re
up in heaven with all the angels there above, so go and rest in peace
my boy. I’ll send you all my love. You will forever be my angel. My
sweet baby boy, you may be gone, but not forgotten and you will live in
my heart forever more. Love always, Mommy.
with his parents, Kenny is survived by one brother, Jaydon White, three
sisters, Jaylize, Cheyanne, his twin, and Christine White. He is also
survived by his maternal grandfather, Freeman VanAlstyne and his
paternal grandmother, Mary Rotgers. Aunts, uncles and many cousins also
was also predeceased by his brother, Jayson White and his maternal
grandmother, Kathy Ortiz and paternal grandfather, Rexlee White.
services will be held Saturday morning December 27, 2014 at 11:00 at
the Riley Mortuary, Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY.
will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont, NY.
and friend may call at the Riley Mortuary from 8:30 to 11:00 prior to
the funeral service.
can be made on Facebook at fundme.com
Riley Mortuary Inc.
110 Division St.
AMSTERDAM, New York UNITED STATES
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you to Maria who continues to make sure that the children are not
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