Crime & Courts

In court document, Wellington detective describes scene of boy’s killing

Caleb Blansett, 10, was killed in his bed on Dec. 14. His mother, Nicole Blansett, has been charged with first-degree murder in his death.
Caleb Blansett, 10, was killed in his bed on Dec. 14. His mother, Nicole Blansett, has been charged with first-degree murder in his death. Courtesy photo

A Wellington police detective described in a court document a bloody scene in the killing of a 10-year-old boy, allegedly by his mother.

Bobby Wilson, writing in the first person, said he wanted to “bag the mother’s hands and get her socks off her feet and into evidence.”

“The socks were soaked in blood,” he added, “and I did not want to have her walking around with them.”

Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her son, Caleb, shortly before midnight on Dec. 14 at their Wellington home.

The Eagle, through its attorney, Lyndon Vix, requested the release of the case’s probable cause affidavit, a court document that is used to justify the arrest and charging of a crime suspect.

Sumner County District Court Judge R. Scott McQuin released the document Tuesday over the objections of Blansett’s attorney, Mike Brown.

The affidavit was heavily redacted. It had a disclaimer at the end that said: “A more detailed report will follow along with other officers involved. This is a starting point so charges can be filed by the County Attorney.”

Blansett, who goes by Nicole, called 911 to report she had stabbed her son. In a recorded tape of that call, she told the dispatcher, “I thought someone was coming in to get us.”

A criminal complaint in the case said Blansett decided that Caleb’s “life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight.” She went into his bedroom, struck him with a rock and stabbed him multiple times with a knife, the complaint said.

Her 9-year-old daughter also was in the house at the time of the stabbing. The girl was not injured.

Wilson wrote that Nicole Blansett stayed overnight Dec. 13 at a house in Belle Plaine.

“She said that she was worried about some people coming over to her house and causing problems,” Wilson wrote. “She had called the police on them.”

The redacted affidavit contains brief references to Clint Blansett. He is the children’s father and was married to Nicole Blansett from 2000 to 2013.

“She said that she was up around (7 a.m., Dec. 14),” Wilson wrote. “She advised that she spoke with Clint at (1 p.m.). She wanted to talk about the kids. She said that she spoke with Clint and made arrangements for him to pick the kids up the next morning and take them to school.”

In the affidavit, Wilson also said that it appeared Caleb had been “stabbed in his bed while it appeared that he had been sleeping.”

Wilson took pictures of Nicole Blansett’s hands and feet and three photos of the bedroom and Caleb.

The detective drove Blansett to the police station, where he collected samples of the blood on her hands and face.

On Monday, Brown filed a court document requesting an evaluation of Blansett’s competency to stand trial, Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said. McQuin will rule on that request at a hearing on Jan. 8.

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