Blansett sentenced to 25 years to life for
murder of her son
By Cristina Janney - Wellington Daily News
December 3, 2015
Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, of Wellington was
sentenced today to 25 years to life in the 2014 slaying of her
10-year-old son, Caleb.
Blansett was eligible for the hard 50 sentence,
which would have required her to serve at least 50 years before
she would be eligible for parole.
Sumner County District Court Judge William Mott
ruled Blansett’s lack of prior criminal history, her mental
illness and acceptance of responsibility for the crime were
mitigating circumstances that lead to the lesser sentence.
During Blansett’s trial in October, two mental
health professionals testified Blansett was delusional when she
beat her young son with a rock and stabbed him to death with a
knife while he lay in bed.
The experts said Blansett suffered from bipolar
disorder, anxiety and temporary psychosis due to extreme stress.
Blansett told the first officer that arrived on
the scene that she was trying to save Caleb from a life of
Prosecutor Kerwin Spencer argued unsuccessfully
that Blansett was aware of the implications of her actions at the
time she committed the crime and therefore should receive the hard
He pointed to the Blansett’s 911 call
immediately after the murder in which she stated, “I am never
going to get out of jail. You are going to have to live with your
Blansett was also convicted of one count of
aggravated battery for the beating of her son. Spencer argued that
sentence should run consecutively to the life sentence because of
the fear Blansett inflicted on her son during the incident.
In a statement to police, Blansett said Caleb
at one point woke up and asked his mother to stop hurting him.
Blansett then proceeded to stab her son to death.
The judge sentenced Blansett to serve 11 months
in prison for the assault charge to run concurrently to her life
Blansett has been in jail since the murder and
will be given credit for time served. Spencer said she would be
transferred to the Kansas Department of Corrections within the
next two to three weeks to begin serving her sentence.
Blansett’s attorney Mike Brown informed the
court of his intent to file an appeal. The judge set an appeal
bond at $2 million.
Spencer in a press conference after the
sentencing said he was disappointed the judge did not impose the
hard 50 sentence but 25 years to life is still a significant
“I’ve done my job,” Spencer said.
Prior to taking up the sentencing, Mott heard
motions for a new trial, a mistrial and a judgment for an
acquittal based on lack of evidence. All three motions were
Jury finds Wellington mom guilty of murder
in stabbing of 10-year-old son
By Matt Riedl - The Wichita Eagle
October 27, 2015
A Sumner County jury found Lindsey Nicole Blansett guilty of
murder in the December death of her 10-year-old son.
Blansett was found guilty of first-degree, premeditated murder
after stabbing her son at their Wellington home. An autopsy report
showed seven stab wounds to her son Caleb’s chest, said Kerwin
Spencer, Sumner County attorney.
Jurors reached a verdict at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday after
deliberating for roughly 6.5 hours since Monday, Spencer said.
They concluded that, shortly before midnight on Dec. 14, Blansett
entered her son’s room with a knife and a rock.
She hit him over the head with the rock, after which Caleb woke up
and said, “Mom, stop,” Spencer said.
She then stabbed him multiple times until he was dead, Spencer
For the first-degree murder charge, Spencer said, prosecutors had
to prove Blansett acted intentionally to kill her son.
“A good portion of the testimony that happened yesterday dealt
with psychological examinations of her, and so a good part of the
deliberations today I’m sure dealt with whether or not she
suffered from mental illness and, if she did, whether or not that
kept her from being able to act intentionally,” Spencer said.
“They obviously came to the conclusion ... even if she was
mentally ill, that did not keep her from acting intentionally –
she acted with premeditation.”
For the aggravated assault charge, Spencer said, prosecutors had
to prove Blansett “knowingly caused her son to be in fear from a
An approximately 30-minute video of three interviews Blansett did
with police investigators was shown to jurors, Spencer said. In
the first interview, Blansett confessed to using a knife. In the
second interview, she mentioned the rock, Spencer said. In the
final interview, she said her son woke up after she hit him with a
rock and said, “Mom, stop,” before Blansett stabbed him, Spencer
“She came up with the goal that she was going to kill her son to
save him from further suffering in his life, and she took actions
consistent with that goal,” he said. “That’s the way the evidence
came out, and that’s what the jury decided happened.”
A message left with Blansett’s attorney was unanswered as of
Blansett is eligible for a Hard 50 sentence, which means she would
have to serve 50 years before asking for parole for the first
time, Spencer said. She could also receive a Hard 25 sentence, he
In May, Blansett was found mentally fit to stand trial in Sumner
She called 911 after stabbing her son, saying she “was saving him
from the pain that was coming.”
Blansett trial now in hands of jury
By Derrick Mead - Wellington Daily News
October 26, 2015
Lindsey Nicole Blansett got the chance to have
her case heard on Monday at the Sumner County Courthouse.
Blansett, 33, of Wellington, is accused of
beating her son, Caleb, with a rock, and stabbing him to death
with a knife.
After the prosecution sent 17 witnesses to the
stand during the first two days of the trial, Blansett’s defense
attorney, Michael Brown, took his turn next.
While Brown called just three witnesses on
Monday morning, it was Dr. Jared Steffen whose testimony was the
focal point of the defense’s case that Blansett suffers from a
mental illness and was mentally ill at the time of the attack.
Dr. Steffen, who interviewed Blansett for a
total of six to seven hours, testified that he made several
observations of Blansett and performed five different
psychological tests on her. He also stated that she did not appear
evasive during that time, and that the possibility that Blansett
was making up any of her symptoms was “highly unlikely.”
Dr. Steffen also stated that about one month
prior to the incident, Blansett became more paranoid of her mother
and stepfather. She soon became convinced that Caleb was being
sexually abused, which caused her to remember her own sexual abuse
as a child.
“It was unclear to me whether she was actually
sexually abused as a child,” Steffen testified.
Brown asked Steffen whether he believed
Blansett to be mentally ill.
“She flatly believes she doesn’t have a mental
illness,” Steffen said of Blansett.
But his diagnosis?
“Her behavior is consistent with bipolar
disorder,” he said.
After Steffen’s testimony, the defense rested
its case and would be followed by a rebuttal witness for the
prosecution after the lunch recess.
At 11:20 a.m., prior to the lunch recess,
Blansett, who wore a purple sweater, spoke aloud for the first
time during the proceedings.
When asked if she wanted to testify, after
conferring with Brown, Blansett told Judge R. Scott McQuin: “I
don’t want to.”
After the recess, the prosecution called Dr.
Roy Daum, a psychologist at Larned State Hospital, upon
Daum testified that Blansett scored a perfect
30 of 30 on one psychological evaluation he performed on her on
Sept. 23 of this year.
However, Daum, too, believed that Blansett
suffered from a mental illness — although his diagnosis differed
“It is apparent to me that Ms. Blansett had a
brief psychotic episode,” Daum testified Monday.
Daum’s diagnosis came after eight hours of
interviews with Blansett — two hours each on four separate
“She showed no erratic behaviors in eight hours
of interviews,” Daum said.
Daum also testified that she exhibit no
self-harming behaviors and showed no difficulty understanding
On cross-examination from Mr. Brown, Daum
acknowledged that his diagnosis of a “brief psychotic episode”
would have been different if it had lasted longer than 30 days. He
stated that a brief psychotic episode is something that generally
lasts less than 30 days, and since he didn’t interview her until
months later, it was not apparent then.
After a total six separate recesses during the
day, both sides finally rested and jury instructions began.
The jury was ultimately told they have a few
choices — First degree murder: guilty or not guilty; second degree
murder: guilty or not guilty; aggravated assault: guilty or not
guilty. In addition, if the jury finds Blansett to be guilty of
murder in the second degree, they must then answer a question as
to whether she is guilty because of a mental illness. If found
guilty on second-degree murder because of a mental inability to
formulate intent or premeditation, she would be sent to a mental
hospital rather than prison.
Each side was given 30 minutes to give their
closing arguments, with the state starting and finishing with 15
minutes on either side of the defense, due to shouldering the
burden of proof.
Prosecutor, Kerwin Spencer, told the jury that
Blansett absolutely formulated a plan — and even a backup plan,
and carried it out.
“She had enough wherewithal to realize that
(rock) didn’t do the job — the light went on to say it didn’t work
and she needed an alternative plan,” Spencer said.
“By her own admission, she came up with a goal
that she was going to kill him in order to protect him from other,
more tragic things,” Spencer added.
Brown used his closing arguments to again
impress upon the jury the notion that Blansett was mentally ill.
“She felt like she was in a hypnotized state,”
He also brought up a note Blansett wrote on
Dec. 12, in an attempt to give away her children.
“Please love them with all your heart and don’t
let them forget me,” Blansett wrote in the note, two days before
killing her 10-year old son, Caleb.
In his final closing arguments, Spencer once
again pointed to premeditation.
“Ms. Blansett knew what she was doing when she
picked up a knife and carried it around,” Spencer said.
“The best evidence of premeditation? She
stabbed Caleb not one, not two or three, but seven times. She had
to use two hands to plunge the knife in each time,” he reminded
Following closing arguments, the case was
handed over to the jury, who selected a foreman for going home for
the evening. They are scheduled to reconvene for deliberations,
beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Blansett trial continues, state rests
By Derrick Mead - Wellington Daily News
October 23, 2015
Day two of the trial against Lindsey Nicole
Blansett got underway at 9:21 a.m. Thursday morning and ended
earlier than expected, as jurors were sent home for the weekend at
After 11 witnesses took the stand Wednesday,
Thursday saw testimonies from just six new witnesses.
Lieutenant Dan Thompson of the Wellington PD
began the morning back on the stand, where he was when the
proceedings came to a close the day before. He was later recalled,
taking the stand for a third time in total, mostly to go over a
diagram of the Blansett home shown on the courtroom projector.
Thompson also stated early on that the rock
used to hit Caleb weighed 11.2 pounds.
Some in-depth testimony was given by James
Newman, a forensic scientist for the KBI. Newman provided
extensive DNA analysis from the scene of the crime.
Detective Bobby Wilson, of the Wellington PD,
was the primary witness on the day, as his testimony lasted two
hours and 17 minutes in total, spanning parts of the late morning
and early afternoon.
During Wilson’s time on the stand, defense
attorney Michael Brown made no less than 12 different objections.
Wilson, who has been with the WPD for 19 years
and a detective for four of those years, lives across the street
from the Blansett house.
“I just really wish you would’ve come and knocked on my door,”
Wilson told Blansett during a 27-minute video recording interview
from Dec. 15, 2014 — the day following the incident. The video was
played in full for the courtroom. That interview was one of four
conducted by Wilson, totaling about 9.5 hours, he said.
“I completely lost it... I just lost my mind,”
Blansett told Wilson on the video. She repeatedly stating that she
didn’t know what she was doing, but knew it was wrong as soon as
she’d hit Caleb.
She also stated that bipolar disease runs in
her family, although she’d never been diagnosed. Brown used parts
of his cross-examination and redirection at times to mount a
mental health defense.
During Brown’s cross, Wilson testified that
Blansett had visited Cowley County Mental Health in the past,
although no official evaluation was done.
Blansett acquaintance Ivan Scott testified that
Blansett’s ex, Clint, wanted Nicole to seek mental health
assistance, something she was reluctant to do, but agreed in hopes
of reconciling. Scott also said Blansett was “acting paranoid”
while at his house in Belle Plaine on Dec. 13 — the evening before
For the second straight day, Blansett did not
react during any of the testimony. She did not look up at the
screen for the viewing of the video or when a photo was shown of
her bloody hands and socks.
At 3:34 p.m., the state rested its case. After
asking the jury to be dismissed, Brown made a motion for acquittal
and asked the court to discharge his client. Judge McQuin denied
the motion, stating he felt there was sufficient evidence to
Both sides acknowledged the trial is going
faster than planned so far. As the defense has witnesses not ready
until Monday, McQuin excused the jury until Monday.
“It looks like we may get the case to you
Monday, but certainly Tuesday,” McQuin told the jury.
Court will reconvene at 9 a.m. Monday.
Blansett murder trial underway
By Derrick Mead - Wellington Daily News
October 22, 2015
Testimonies from eleven different people were
heard on day one of the murder trial of Lindsey Nicole Blansett on
Wednesday afternoon at the Sumner County Courthouse in Wellington.
Blansett is accused of stabbing her 10-year old
son, Caleb, to death with a knife, and beating him with a rock.
After jury selection wrapped up in the morning,
opening statements were given beginning at 1:15 p.m. at the Sumner
The jury is made up of 14 people — 12 jurors
and two alternates, although the alternates will not be notified
until it is time for deliberations. Of the 14, nine are men and
five are women.
During prosecutor Kerwin Spencer’s opening
statements, which lasted about 10 minutes, he laid out the events
on the night in question, and even said Blansett had reported that
Caleb woke up after being hit with the rock, which fractured his
skull, but was determined to not be fatal itself.
Spencer explained that according to Blansett,
Caleb had awaken after being struck with the rock, said “Mommy,
stop,” but that she ‘had to finish what she started.’
Defense attorney Michael Brown stood before the
jury in his opening statements after Spencer gave his own, and
asked the jury to consider Blansett’s state of mind.
“I can’t stand up here and tell you this didn’t
happen,” Brown said.
“You’re going to have to wrestle with the
question ‘Why would anyone in their right mind do this to their
child?’” Brown told the jury.
Brown also pointed to eventual testimony by
officer Sara Owens, stating that Blansett was “in a daze” on the
night in question.
Deputy medical examiner, Dr. Timothy Gorrill,
described 11 different graphic photos that were shown to the jury,
depicting Caleb and his wounds following the incident.
The jury also listened to the 911 tape from the
night of Dec. 14, 2014. The call came in at 11:51 p.m. that night,
and was answered by 911 dispatcher, Todd Pettigrew, who also
testified on Wednesday.
Upon taking the call, Pettigrew contacted
Sergeant Keith Westmoreland, who was also one of the 11 people to
“There was some statements made that they’d
definitely want to hear,” Pettigrew recalled from that night.
“I’m never going to get out of jail; never,”
Blansett told Pettigrew on the tape.
She also said she thought someone was coming
into the house and she thought she was saving Caleb from the pain
that was coming.
On cross-examination from Brown, Westmoreland
reported that after the incident, while seated on the couch inside
their home, Blansett told her nine-year old daughter “I told you I
was having a mental breakdown.”
The longest testimony of the day belonged to
Lieutenant Dan Thompson of the Wellington Police Department, who
took the stand for 58 minutes before the court adjourned for
Thompson displayed the rock and the knife
allegedly used in the incident for the jury to see.
The court headed to recent just a couple
minutes before 5 p.m. Judge R. Scott McQuin said the court would
reconvene at 9 a.m. Thursday, with Brown slated to cross-examine
Lieutenant Dan Thompson.
Blansett, seated next to her attorney, Mr.
Brown, said nothing throughout the proceedings. She wore a brown
sweater and a plaid dress. She did not react to any of the
testimony, the 911 audio, or any of the images displayed for the
It is not yet known whether Blansett will
Wellington mother accused in son’s murder to
be evaluated at Larned hospital
By Amy Renee Leiker - The Wichita Eagle
January 29, 2015
A Wellington mother accused of murdering her
10-year-old son will undergo a competency evaluation at Larned
State Hospital, likely within 90 days, according to the Sumner
County Attorney’s Office.
Sumner County District Court Judge R. Scott
McQuin on Thursday ordered that the evaluation for 33-year-old
Lindsey Nicole Blansett take place in Larned after local provider
Sumner County Mental Health recommended it be completed at the
state-run facility, the attorney’s office said.
Blansett’s next hearing, a status conference,
is scheduled for Feb. 26. The attorney’s office said the court
will hold the proceeding to check the progress of the competency
It had not yet been scheduled Thursday
Blansett is charged with first-degree murder in
the stabbing death of her son, Caleb, on Dec. 14 at their
Wellington home. According to the criminal complaint filed in the
case, Blansett decided that Caleb’s “life would be full of
suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight”
so she went into his bedroom, struck him with a rock and stabbed
him multiple times with a knife.
She then called 911.
In his request last month for the competency
exam, court-appointed defense attorney Mike Brown wrote that he
had “a good faith basis” to think Blansett may be incompetent to
stand trial. The judge ordered the evaluation on Jan. 8.
Blansett remained in Sumner County Jail on
Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bond.
In court document, Wellington detective
describes scene of boy’s killing
By Rick Plumlee - The Wichita Eagle
December 30, 2014
A Wellington police detective described in a court document a
bloody scene in the killing of a 10-year-old boy, allegedly by his
Bobby Wilson, writing in the first person, said he wanted to “bag
the mother’s hands and get her socks off her feet and into
“The socks were soaked in blood,” he added, “and I did not want to
have her walking around with them.”
Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, has been charged with first-degree
murder in the stabbing death of her son, Caleb, shortly before
midnight on Dec. 14 at their Wellington home.
The Eagle, through its attorney, Lyndon Vix, requested the release
of the case’s probable cause affidavit, a court document that is
used to justify the arrest and charging of a crime suspect.
Sumner County District Court Judge R. Scott McQuin released the
document Tuesday over the objections of Blansett’s attorney, Mike
The affidavit was heavily redacted. It had a disclaimer at the end
that said: “A more detailed report will follow along with other
officers involved. This is a starting point so charges can be
filed by the County Attorney.”
Blansett, who goes by Nicole, called 911 to report she had stabbed
her son. In a recorded tape of that call, she told the dispatcher,
“I thought someone was coming in to get us.”
A criminal complaint in the case said Blansett decided that
Caleb’s “life would be full of suffering and it would be better
for him to go to heaven tonight.” She went into his bedroom,
struck him with a rock and stabbed him multiple times with a
knife, the complaint said.
Her 9-year-old daughter also was in the house at the time of the
stabbing. The girl was not injured.
Wilson wrote that Nicole Blansett stayed overnight Dec. 13 at a
house in Belle Plaine.
“She said that she was worried about some people coming over to
her house and causing problems,” Wilson wrote. “She had called the
police on them.”
The redacted affidavit contains brief references to Clint Blansett.
He is the children’s father and was married to Nicole Blansett
from 2000 to 2013.
“She said that she was up around (7 a.m., Dec. 14),” Wilson wrote.
“She advised that she spoke with Clint at (1 p.m.). She wanted to
talk about the kids. She said that she spoke with Clint and made
arrangements for him to pick the kids up the next morning and take
them to school.”
In the affidavit, Wilson also said that it appeared Caleb had been
“stabbed in his bed while it appeared that he had been sleeping.”
Wilson took pictures of Nicole Blansett’s hands and feet and three
photos of the bedroom and Caleb.
The detective drove Blansett to the police station, where he
collected samples of the blood on her hands and face.
On Monday, Brown filed a court document requesting an evaluation
of Blansett’s competency to stand trial, Sumner County Attorney
Kerwin Spencer said. McQuin will rule on that request at a hearing
on Jan. 8.
Wellington mother on 911 recording: ‘I’m
never going to get out of jail’
By Rick Plumlee - The Wichita Eagle
December 18, 2014
A mother who called 911 to report that she had
stabbed her 10-year-old son said between sobs: “I’m never going to
get out of jail. Never.”
In an apparent attempt to explain the stabbing,
Lindsey Nicole Blansett also said during the recorded call: “I
thought I was saving him from the pain that was coming.”
Blansett, 33, has been charged with
first-degree murder in the death of her son, Caleb. She appeared
in court Thursday for a scheduling hearing at the Sumner County
Courthouse, hands cuffed in front of her and wearing an orange
Judge William Mott granted court-appointed
defense attorney Mike Brown’s request to set Blansett’s next court
date for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, to give him more time to prepare.
At that time, Brown is expected to request a
preliminary hearing or an evaluation of Blansett’s competency to
Also Thursday, the Kansas Department for
Children and Families confirmed that it had received a report of
non-abuse neglect with regard to the family on Dec. 9 – five days
before Blansett allegedly killed her son Sunday night at their
The DCF said those allegations were not against
the mother but that the report warranted further investigation.
The agency said it had received two other reports on the family,
including one in May regarding medical neglect that was not
‘Oh God, why?’
The criminal complaint said that Blansett went
into Caleb’s bedroom shortly before midnight Sunday, struck him
with a rock and “stabbed him with a knife multiple times until he
Blansett, who goes by Nicole, called 911 and
told the dispatcher, “Hi, this is Nicole Blansett. I just stabbed
Dispatcher: “I’m sorry?”
“I just stabbed my son,” she repeated. “I
thought someone was coming in to get us.”
Moments later she again told the dispatcher
that she had stabbed Caleb in the chest several times and said, “I
thought someone was coming in.”
While the dispatcher briefly put Blansett on
hold, she could be heard saying in a very loud voice, “Because I
thought I was saving him from the pain that was coming.”
The criminal complaint said Blansett had
decided that Caleb’s “life would be full of suffering and it would
be better for him to go to heaven tonight.”
Some of her neighbors had said the unemployed
single mother was despondent about not having enough money to pay
bills or provide Christmas presents for her children. Blansett’s
daughter, 9, also was in the house at the time of Sunday’s
incident, Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said.
Nicole and Clint Blansett were divorced about a
year ago. She was given residential custody of Caleb and their
At one point in the 911 call, Blansett calmly
spelled her last name. She also said during the call, “Oh God,
Blansett is being held in the Sumner County
Jail on a $500,000 bond. In an e-mail, Sheriff Darren Chambers
said he couldn’t say whether she was on suicide watch.
“What I can say is that she is not in the
general population and is under 24 hours video observation,” he
said, “as well as regular physical checks.”
Funeral services for Caleb Blansett are planned
for 3 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Wellington. A
visitation is scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Day Funeral
It’s not known whether Nicole Blansett will
attend the funeral.
“She will not be attending the funeral unless
I’m served a court order mandating she attend,” Chambers said.
Brown didn’t immediately return phone calls
about whether he was seeking a court order.
An autopsy report hasn’t been completed, said
Spencer, the county attorney.
As for the DCF report for non-abuse neglect,
agency spokeswoman Theresa Freed said she couldn’t say who made
the complaint Dec. 9 or whom the allegations were against.
Non-abuse neglect covers such things as
caretakers’ inability to cope, a child’s behavior problem, drug
abuse, not attending school and parent-child conflict, according
to the DCF’s website.
DCF received a report on May 1 of Caleb being
neglected, according to a timeline provided by the agency.
A case worker didn’t find Caleb at his school
the next day. The worker went to Blansett’s home, in the 900 block
of West Seventh, but was told the child was in Wichita. The mother
was offered services, the report said, but she declined.
The report concluded that allegations of
medical neglect were unsubstantiated.
On June 21, 2012 – about 18 months before the
Blansetts divorced – DCF said it received allegations of family
neglect. The agency said it conducted background checks on the
mother and children, then closed the case the next day.
No other information was provided by DCF.
In a statement from DCF Secretary Phyllis
Gilmore, she said: “As with any child death, we are deeply
saddened by this news. We are carefully reviewing this incident
and our history with this family. Our hearts go out to anyone
affected by this unthinkable tragedy.”
Nicole Blansett, who married Clint Blansett in
2000 in Montague, Texas, filed for divorce in February 2013,
saying the two were incompatible. In the divorce filings, he was
identified as Christopher C. Blansett, although he goes by Clint.
At the time, she was unemployed and attending
college in the summer, and he was employed by a business based in
Scott, La., according to a domestic relations affidavit filed in
court. His gross annual income at the time was $52,212.
She had $10 in her checking account and $10 in
a savings account, according to the affidavit. For monthly
expenses, she included rent of $375, food costs of $500 and a $325
She had been in financial trouble before,
according to a petition in Sumner County District Court filed on
Aug. 10, 2011. She gave two worthless checks, one for $17.13, the
other for $24.73, the petition said.
By Feb. 9, 2012, the case had resulted in a
$553 judgment against her, and a garnishment order was issued to a
Wellington business, a court document said.
A divorce decree on Dec. 20, 2013, said the
couple didn’t own any real estate. Among the personal property she
was awarded: furniture, appliances, household goods and a 2002
Jeep Liberty, on which she owed money.
A judge ordered him to pay “maintenance” of
$500 a month and $898 a month in child support. He also was
responsible for health coverage for the children. The judge
granted her a judgment for $4,453.59 for unpaid temporary child
support and maintenance through Dec. 20, 2013, according to the
One of the first things stated in the decree is
that both parties were to “Put the best interests of the children
Nicole Blansett received residential custody of
the children. Clint Blansett was to receive “parenting time as the
parties can agree to,” according to the parenting plan filed in
Contributing: Tim Potter of The Eagle
Mother, 33, 'stabbed son, 10, and beat him
to death with a rock because she thought it would be better for
him to go to heaven than to face the world's problems'
Lindsey Blansett 'stabbed her son Caleb in the
chest and beat him with a rock after he went to bed at their
Kansas home on Sunday night'
Police say she thought his life would be full
of suffering so 'he would be better off in heaven'
She was arrested at the home and charged with
By Lydia Warren for MailOnline
December 16, 2014
A mother stabbed her 10-year-old son in the
chest and beat him to death with a rock while he was in bed
because she thought he 'would be better off in heaven', police
Officers were called to Lindsey Nicole
Blansett's home in Wellington, Kansas around 11.45pm on Sunday and
when they arrived, her son Caleb was dead. She was taken into
Police believe the 33-year-old mother attacked
her son because she thought his life would be full of suffering,
the Wellington Daily News reported.
She 'decided the boy would be better off in
heaven than to face the world’s problems', according to a criminal
complaint in Sumner County.
So after her son went to bed, she grabbed a
knife and a rock and attacked him with both, killing him. An
autopsy to determine his exact cause of death is underway.
Caleb's nine-year-old sister was also in the
home at the time he was killed but she was unharmed and is now
with other relatives.
Blansett has been booked into the Sumner County
Jail and has been charged with first-degree murder. Authorities
say she unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation killed
She remains in jail on $500,000 bond and has an
appearance scheduled in Sumner County District Court on Thursday,
If convicted of first-degree murder, she faces
life in prison.
Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said he was
not aware of drugs being involved in the incident, and said are no
Grief counselors and crisis professionals are
on hand at Lincoln Elementary School, where the 10-year-old was in
the fourth grade.
Neighbors expressed their shock, saying they
never saw any signs of abuse in the home.
'Me and her talked, she was a nice lady,'
neighbor Shae Hutton told KWCH. 'She didn't seem like she was
capable of killing her own son.'
Friend Kayle Black, whose children played with
Blansett's, added: 'He is only ten-years old, he was just a kid.
As parents we are suppose to be their protectors.'