A Wellington, Kansas, mother has been arrested and charged with the murder of her 10-year-old son, who she killed because she thought she was doing him a favor by sending him to heaven.
Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, confessed during a chilling 911 call that she killed her son, Caleb, in his sleep Sunday night.
“Hi, this is Nichole Blansett. I just stabbed my son,” she said, adding that she had stabbed him “in the chest, several times.”
“God, what did I **** do?” she reportedly said. “I’m never going to get out of jail, never. I’m going to have to live with that. Oh God, why, why? Because I thought I was saving him from the pain that was coming.”
She continued, “I’m having a nervous breakdown. I went to stay the night somewhere else with the kids last night and they were… and I just felt like people were coming in to get us and I was scared that.”
Upon arriving at the home, KAKE reports that police officers found 10-year-old Caleb dead.
The mother was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. According to the criminal complaint, Blansett told police that after her son went to bed, she “decided his life would be full of suffering and pain and that it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight.”
She said she then took a knife and a rock into his room, hit him with the rock, and stabled him multiple times until he died.
Caleb’s 9-year-old sister was also in the home at the time of the murder, but she was unharmed. The girl was temporarily placed in protective custody and later released to relatives.
KSN obtained records showing that the Blansett had a history of child neglect complaints filed with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) going back two years. The last complaint was filed by Blansett herself, claiming that the children had been sexually abused, although it is unclear who she accused of the abuse.
The Inquistr reports that nearly 800 children have died since 2008 because child protection agencies improperly handled complaints of neglect or abuse. Sadly, Caleb’s death appears to be another that could possibly have been prevented had authorities followed up on his case.
Clint Blansett, the woman’s estranged husband and father of the children, said that he suspected their mother was having mental problems, but he didn’t think she was capable of violence.
“I didn’t see this coming,” he said. “I didn’t see her killing my son.”
The father had filed a neglect complaint with DCF earlier this year, when he was called to the school to pick up his son because of an abscessed tooth his mother had not sought treatment for, but the complaint was closed the day after he filed it.
“They found nothing wrong,” he said. “They found nothing wrong because they didn’t investigate.”
Clint Blansett went by to see the children the day before Caleb’s death, and was met by officers there to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. He says that the officers also questioned his ex-wife’s mental stability, but nothing had been done to protect the children, despite the previous complaints filed against her.
“I’ve been telling them for months she needs to seek help,” he said. “There is no doubt in my military mind that my son would be alive and well today if the State of Kansas would have given a ****. No doubt.”
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