Kinateder enters not guilty plea

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor

Katlyn Kinateder, the 27-yearold Sheboygan Falls woman charged with felony first-degree intentional homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son on Aug. 4, filed a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in Sheboygan County Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 29.

Kinateder, who also faces a felony charge of moving, hiding or burying the corpse of a child, will need to undergo a psychiatric exam before the case can move forward.

Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said the case will feature one trial with two phases.

A 12-member jury will determine Kintader’s guilt in the first phase of the trail.

If the jury determines she is guilty of the crimes the second phase will allow the defense to make a case for how Kinateder’s mental disease or defect contributed to her committing the crime.

During a press conference on Friday, Aug. 5, Sheboygan Falls Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel said the Sheboygan County Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a female, later identified as Kinateder, who reported that a 2-year-old boy had been strangulated and was dead in an upper apartment in the Woodview Ridge Condominiums.

After receiving the call, members of the Sheboygan Falls Police Department, Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, Sheboygan Falls First Responders and Sheboygan Falls Fire Department were dispatched to 720 Woodview Ave.

Upon arrival at the scene, Riffel said two SFPD officers were met by Kinateder, who was holding a large butcher knife. She advanced at the officers with the knife in an attempt to move them back toward the doorway.

A taser was deployed on Kinateder, who immediate fell to the ground. When she continued to struggle with officers, another taser was administered before the officers apprehended Kinateder, secured the knife and took her into custody.

According to the criminal complaint, the officers then proceeded into the residence and located Dexter inside a cardboard box stacked below two other boxes in a hallway closet.

SFFD First Responders and EMTs with Orange Cross Ambulance were called to administer to the child, who was transported to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan were he was pronounced dead.

According to the criminal complaint, Kinateder told police she suffocated Dexter with a plastic grocery bag. Kinateder went on to inform officers that she had lost her mind and wanted to die. She added that she came at the officers with a knife because she wanted them to kill her. She also indicated that she had stopped taking anti-depressants and antianxiety medication nine months earlier because she thought she could “handle it.”

The Class A felony first-degree intentional homicide charge carries a sentence of life in prison, if convicted. The Class F felony moving, hiding, burying the corpse of a child charge carries a fine of not more than $25,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 years and six months, or both, if convicted.

DeCecco indicated that the defense is working on completing psychiatric evaluations in early October.

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