All Local Veterans’ Week on Q13 News

Woman admits killing cousin, reporting fake abduction to 911

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 20-year-old upstate New York woman has admitted strangling a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care. She discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders had taken him from their home.

Tiffany VanAlstyne pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for killing Kenneth White in the rural Albany County town of Berne. She faces 18 years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

A bogus 911 call from VanAlstyne on Dec. 18 touched off a search for the boy that ended when a police dog led investigators to his body in a culvert not far from the home.

Authorities said VanAlstyne covered the boy with snow to conceal the crime.