WELLINGTON, Kansas A Wellington mother is charged with killing her 10-year-old son. Investigators say she was trying to save him from what she thought would be a life of suffering.
Police say Caleb Blansett was found in the home with a wound to his chest and was subsequently pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Police took the boy’s mother, 33-year-old Lindsey Nicole Blansett, into custody without incident.
According to the prosecutor, Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, the mother told the detective that she killed Caleb after he had gone to bed. Spencer says that Blansett decided that Caleb’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven that night.
Spencer says Blansett took a rock and knife and struck Caleb with both until he was dead.
She is charged with first degree murder. Her next court appearance is Thursday. She is being held on $500,000 bond.
There was also a nine-year-old sibling in the home who was taken into police protective custody.
The Department for Children and Families is currently looking through its files to detail any involvement the department had with the family.
“As with any child death, we are deeply saddened by this news. We are carefully reviewing this incident and our history with this family,” said Phyllis Gilmore, Secretary of DCF, in a statement. “Our hearts go out to anyone affected by this unthinkable tragedy.”
School officials say Caleb was a fourth-grade student from Lincoln Elementary and counselors are being made available to students as needed.