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Woman Admits She Traveled With Dead Infant, Buried Him Behind Wall Of New Home
Kylie Wilt initially told authorities that her infant son was in the care of someone named 'Claire' in North Carolina.
A mother in Pennsylvania has admitted to traveling with her dead infant and burying his remains in the walls of her new home, say authorities.
Kylie Wilt, 25, is charged with obstruction of justice, welfare fraud, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and concealing the death of a child, according to a statement emailed to Oxygen.com from Washington County District Attorney Jason Walsh. Walsh stated that Charleroi Regional Police and Child and Youth Services responded to the home concerning the baby’s whereabouts on Nov. 4.
Wilt confessed to hiding her 1-year-old son’s remains behind a bedroom wall.
“The baby is here,” Wilt told authorities, according to a criminal complaint sent to Oxygen.com.
The baby’s father, Alan Hollis, 27, was also charged with obstruction of justice.
Initially, Wilt “was not cooperating with [investigator] and claimed [infant] was in North Carolina with an individual identified only as ‘Claire,’” according to the affidavit. The investigator, contracted by Child and Youth Services, notified the police when the lead didn’t pan out.
Wilt later told investigators that the boy died from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) back in February, and because she couldn’t afford a proper funeral, she subsequently wrapped him in blankets and placed him in a gray, plastic crate, according to the complaint. Wilt and her family moved from Upper Crest Avenue to Lookout Avenue, taking the container with them in a U-Haul truck.
Upon moving into the new home with their three children, Wilt allegedly placed the crate behind her bedroom wall and sealed it with drywall and a fresh coat of paint.
Authorities found a “gray plastic tote” behind the wall.
“The tote was removed, and upon opening the tote, there were two blankets on top, then a bed skirt, and at the bottom of the tote was a white garbage bag,” according to an affidavit sent by the DA’s Office to Oxygen.com. “Upon opening up the garbage bag, we did locate the remains of a deceased small child wrapped in two additional blankets.”
While interrogating the parents back at the station, Wilt allegedly looked at Hollis and said, “I’m sorry, baby. I’m sorry,” according to the affidavit.
Hollis admitted to authorities that Kylie had been receiving government benefits for the child since February.
Child and Youth Services had opened a case shortly after the birth of the child, according to the affidavit.
“The caseworker informed me [the affiant] the case was opened with this family when [infant] was born with THC in his system,” stated Charleroi Police Det. David Kimball in the affidavit. “Over the course of the year, Kylie and the father refused to cooperate with CYS, claiming [infant] wasn’t with them.”
Neighbors said they suspected something was amiss back in February.
“I’m sick. It’s a horrible feeling,” former neighbor Robin Stasicha told CBS affiliate KDKA 2 News. “I used to hear the baby crying all the time. And all of a sudden, it didn’t one day.”
Stasicha notified the property manager at Wilt’s former residence.
“I told her I hadn’t seen the baby, and I was concerned,” continued Stasicha. “And she said the baby passed away. I was thinking, ‘I’m here all the time. I never saw an ambulance.’ Wouldn’t you call 911 if your baby wasn’t responding to you?”
The infant’s cause of death has yet to be determined.
Wilt’s sister told KDKA via social media that she was unaware of the baby’s disappearance and that Hollis kept Wilt from her family.
Kylie Wilt and Alan Hollis remain in custody. A date for a preliminary hearing has yet to be scheduled.