A South Dakota mother plans to plead guilty to beating her 2-year-old son to death for wetting the bed.
Katrina Pauline Shangreaux, 30, admitted to killing Kylen Shangreaux, 2, in a statement, according to Rapid City Journal.
The mother from Porcupine, South Dakota, wrote that she had beaten, kicked, and bit the boy. She also admitted that she threw Kylen on the ground and damaged his privates.
According to The Kansas City Star, doctors said 70 percent of Kylen’s body was covered in bruises, and some fresh and some from previous incidents. His skull was also fractured. Donald Habbe, who conducted the autopsy, declared the cause of death to be blunt trauma.
She had decided to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of the 2-year-old, which could land her life in prison.
On July 28, 2016, Shangreaux became angry with her toddler son for “giving her a sideways look” and calling her the name of his aunt, who he previously lived with during a custody battle. The Rapid City Journal reports that Kylen lived with his paternal aunt, Angie, before his mother won full custody of him just weeks before his murder.
According to the news outlet, Shangreaux was upset her son had wet the bed and was behaving defiantly when she arrived home so she started hitting him.
Records show she had been drinking heavily and had taken pain medications before taking a belt to the child, The Kansas City Star reports.
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The beating stopped only when Shangreaux “saw that he appeared different and realized how badly she had injured him.”
A neighbor told the FBI Shangreaux could be heard “arguing with” Kylen about potty training at around 5 a.m. the day of the child’s death.
Dubray, 47, was later arrested for misleading authorities. The FBI said she had washed Kylen’s clothes and cleaned up the crime scene. Dubray had also provided “multiple excuses” as to why he was injured so badly but they all proved to be inconsistent with the injuries.
The boy was rushed to the Indian Health Services hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in an ambulance and pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. The Journal reports that the doctor said Kylen had been dead for around four hours when he arrived at the hospital.
Shangreaux fled to White City, Nebraska, and then to Rapid City after her son was pronounced dead. She originally pleaded not guilty but has since changed her plea.
A push for change in how the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which Shangreaux was a part of, handles cases like this has begun since the death of the toddler.
“We can't take back the tragedy, but what we can do is provide wraparound services and update and correct the gaps in our services for our families and children,” said the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s CPS Director Lisa Schrader. “And really focus on what is in the best interest of our children.”
Kylen’s father is currently in federal prison for the April 2015, death of his 1-year-old son whom he had with another woman.