Body of 2-year-old found in cardboard box; 911 reveals mother’s alleged confession

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. — A Wisconsin mother was arrested after police responded her Sheboygan Falls home last week to find the body of her 2-year-old son stuffed in a cardboard box.

Katlyn Kinateder

Katlyn Kinateder

According to WITI,  police said an initial investigation revealed 27-year-old Katlyn Kinateder may have strangled her son. A criminal complaint says she suffocated him with a plastic bag.

The criminal complaint states that Sheboygan Falls police responded to the woman’s home on Woodiew Avenue last Thursday afternoon after receiving a 911 call that the child had been strangled and killed.

When police arrived, they were confronted by Kinateder who was armed with a knife. Officers drew their weapons and ordered the woman to drop the knife. She allegedly ignored the command and began to approach the officers with the knife for a short distance before she finally put down the weapon.

Kinateder was tased and taken into custody.

Officers searched the apartment and inside a hallway closet found 2-year-old Dexter Kinateder, stuffed into cardboard box that had been stacked beneath two other cardboard boxes.

The child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kinateder was interviewed by police, and admitted to killing Dexter by placing a plastic bag over his head — suffocating him. She told police she had “lost my mind” and wanted to die, adding she had stopped taking her anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication.

The 911 call, which was placed by Kinateder, was later released:

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 background, police shout, “drop the knife, drop the knife.”

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

She was placed under a $750,000 bond.