The mother of a 10-year-old Wellington boy was charged late Monday with first-degree murder in connection with his death, according to Sumner County authorities.
Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said charges against Lindsey N. Blansett allege that she “did unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation kill a human being – that being her son.”
Spencer would not name the child who was killed, releasing only his initials as “C.B.” The Wellington Daily News identified him as Caleb Blansett.
Spencer said the complaint alleges that the boy had gone to bed when Blansett, “believing his (her son’s) life would be full of suffering and that it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight took a rock and knife into the bedroom and struck him with the rock and stabbed him with the knife, multiple times, until he was dead.”
Blansett, 33, is being held in the Sumner County Jail, Spencer said. Bond has been set at $500,000, he said.
Blansett’s first court appearance will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sumner County District Court, Spencer said.
The boy was a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Wellington, according to the school district’s website. The website said the district’s “crisis team has been activated and counseling services are available to help with student concerns.”
Blansett was taken into custody by Wellington police Monday morning after the boy was found dead at their home, police Chief Tracy Heath said.
Police were called at 11:45 p.m. Sunday to 902 W. Seventh St. The boy was dead when they arrived and had sustained a puncture wound to the chest, according to a Wellington police news release. But Heath said at that time that the official cause of death hadn’t been determined yet.
The mother was arrested without incident, the release said.
The Daily News reported that a 9-year-old girl in the house was taken into protective custody and later released to family members.
Photos of police at the house wearing hazardous materials suits have been posted online. Heath said that it’s routine for his officers to wear that gear during a crime scene investigation.