Family Crimes

Mom Charged With Killing 4-Year-Old Autistic Son By Setting Him On Fire In The Bathtub

The boy's hands and arms were tied behind his back with seven belts. 

A Wisconsin woman has been arrested for the horrific murder of her 4-year-old son. Amelia Di Stasio, 23, was charged Wednesday with first degree intentional homicide in the death of Antonio Di Stasio, according to Milwaukee’s FOX6. According to family members, Antonio was autistic while his mother was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder.

According to the Milwaukee Journal sentinel, witnesses saw a "frazzled" woman jump from an apartment window the morning of the blaze, before fire trucks arrived. Inside the apartment, firefighters found Antonio’s lifeless body in a bathtub. His arms and hands had been tied behind his back by seven belts, while a plastic bag had been pulled over his face and tightly knotted behind his head. His autopsy revealed "significant charring" to his skin, and the criminal complaint noted that "The majority of his body was burned.” Next to the tub, they found a pet guinea pig drowned inside its cage and a bottle of canola cooking oil.

Hours later, a police officer spotted Amelia Di Stasio on the street and arrested her. A cellphone retrieved at the crime scene found online searches for “how do canabals die” and “how to kill a canabal,” the word cannibal being misspelled. According to the criminal complaint, the search results took her to a gaming message board, which advised her to "kill it with fire," and said cannibals "like to bath in oil."

Amelia DiStasio is currently in the Milwaukee County Jail, being held on $400,000 bail. Her father, Ralph DiStasio, has organized a GoFundMe page to cover his grandson’s funeral expenses. In an interview with the Journal Sentinel Wednesday he asked people to pray for his daughter, saying He asked people to pray for his daughter, saying, "She needs help. She doesn't need jail."



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