Falls woman found not guilty by mental defect in son’s homicide

by Jeff Pederson
of The Review staff

MILL POND ICE KATLYNSKATINGKINATEDERSHACKMILL POND ICE KATLYNSKATINGKINATEDERSHACKKatlyn Kinateder, 28, of Sheboygan Falls, who in September plead no contest to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of her 2-yearold son, Dexter, in August 2016, was found not guilty by mental defect in Sheboygan County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13. and will be committed to a mental institution.

A two-day trial took place on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13 to determine if Kinateder was suffering from a mental illness at the time of the murder, and whether that mental disease caused her to lose control of her actions when she murdered her son at their Sheboygan Falls apartment on Aug. 4, 2016.

The not guilty by mental defect ruling was handed down by Judge L. Edward Stengel, after Kinateder waived her right to a jury trial. Stengel’s decision confirmed that Kinateder was suffering from a mental disease and, as a result, could not be criminally punished for the action.

The state requested commitment to a Wisconsin Department of Health Services facility for life, while Kinateder’s attorney asked for time to prepare arguments on the terms of the in-patient commitment.

A status conference was set for Wednesday, Dec. 27.

The trial featured testimony from two doctors, who stated that Kinateder suffered from bi-polar disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and had been using marijuana when she killed her son.

Kinateder stated that she suffers from severe depression and had been hallucinating and hearing voices in the days prior to the murder.

Although she had been prescribed anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications, Kinateder admitted that she stopped taking them approximately nine months before the crime.

Kinateder, 28, had plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect last August, but changed her original plea to no contest before Judge L. Edward Stengel last week.

In exchange for the plea change, the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s office dismissed the felony moving, hiding or burying a corpse charge.

According to information released at a SFPD press conference on Aug. 5, 2016, Kinateder was arrested after 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 in the city of Sheboygan Falls on Aug. 4, 2016.

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, 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.

The boy’s body was later taken to the Sheboygan County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was performed. Kinateder was taken to the Sheboygan Falls Police Station before being transferred to the Sheboygan County Detention Center.

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 antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication nine months earlier because she thought she could handle it.

During a preliminary hearing in Sheboygan County Circuit Court on Aug. 17, 2016, Kinateder was ordered to stand trial for first-degree felony intentional homicide and felony moving, hiding, burying the corpse of a child.

Kinateder filed a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in Sheboygan County Circuit Court on Aug. 29, 2016.

The Class A felony firstdegree intentional homicide charge, to which Kinateder plead no contest in September, carries a sentence of life in prison.

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