Kaitlyn Renee Higgins was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly admitting to shooting and murdering her 10-year-old son
A Kentucky mother has reportedly admitted to shooting her 10-year-old son and putting his body in the trunk of her car after trying to cut out his tongue.
Kaitlyn Renee Higgins, 28, was arrested in Louisville on Tuesday and charged with the murder of her son Kyon Higgins Jr.
Louisville Metro police officers were sent to Higgins’s home after receiving a call from a neighbor who said she saw the mother with a gun and the boy who appeared lifeless wrapped in a blanket, according to an arrest report.
When the officers arrived at about 9:30 PM, they found Higgins sitting on the front porch of her home on Algonquin Parkway and saw blood on the stairs.
Believing someone was in immediate danger, they opened the trunk of Higgins’s car and found Kyon’s body.
Higgins later confessed to shooting the boy after trying to cut out his tongue, police said.
Police found 10-year-old Kyon Higgins Jr (pictured) dead in the trunk of his mother’s car outside their Louisville home on Tuesday night.
Higgins was charged Thursday on charges of murder as a result of domestic violence and tampering with evidence. Louisville Courier-Journal.
The newspaper said Higgins was torn up in court for claiming she shouldn’t have called anyone from prison.
“So I don’t even know where my child is buried or anything,” she told Jefferson County District Judge Jennifer Wilcox, who doubled her bond from $ 250,000 to $ 500,000, citing the violent nature of the alleged crime.
She must appear in court again on May 3.
Police did not release a motive for the murder, but said she caused other injuries to Kyon before shooting him.
Miah Lancaster, Kyon’s babysitter, explained WLKY that she once saw Kyon, whom she affectionately called “KJ” with a black eye and scratches on his face and neck.
She said she had not reported it to child protection services at the time because she feared retaliation from Higgins, who she knew was carrying a gun.
Lancaster now says she regrets that decision.
“This should never have happened,” Lancaster said WAVE 3 Newsand called the situation unfair.
“She had enough people, if she was struggling, to drop him off,” Lancaster said of Kyon, who she described as “a smart and beautiful child” who loved to stay in his room and play games. “We would have taken care of him. One phone call is all it would have taken, ”she said.
When she heard news of Kyon’s death, Lancaster said she rushed to the house on Algonquin Parkway to see if Higgin’s other son was a two-year-old.
That child is now safe and in the care of relatives, Louisville police said.
Higgins’s home on Algonquin Parkway in Louisville is pictured above. Neighbors told local news outlets they think Higgins had previously abused her son and their two dogs
Higgins’ neighbor Tayler Alexandra told WAVE 3 News that she heard gunshots Tuesday night while on the phone with her boyfriend.
The man across the street said to my friend, “Hey, you know I saw her carrying a body to the car. It was a small body,” said Alexandra.
The store said neighbors had previously called Animal Services about Higgins allegedly abusing her two dogs. Data showed that Higgins had received three quotes in the past for animal neglect.
“I thought there was something suspicious going on in this house because of the animal cruelty,” said Alexandra.
The Courier-Journal said Higgins had no criminal record and had received only a few quotes over the years for traffic-related offenses and because her dogs were not properly licensed.
In 2014, she filed a domestic violence protection injunction against a man in 2014, the paper reported, and had a divorce case in Jefferson County Family Court last December involving another man.