Woman admits killing cousin, reporting fake abduction to 911

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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 11:44 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 20-year-old upstate New York woman has admitted strangling a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care. She discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders had taken him from their home.

Tiffany VanAlstyne pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for killing Kenneth White in the rural Albany County town of Berne. She faces 18 years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

A bogus 911 call from VanAlstyne on Dec. 18 touched off a search for the boy that ended when a police dog led investigators to his body in a culvert not far from the home.

Authorities said VanAlstyne covered the boy with snow to conceal the crime.