A Pennsylvania mother allegedly said her baby passed away from SIDS and she hid the body in a wall because she couldn’t afford a proper burial.
Police in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, made the grisly discovering while conducting a welfare check on Nov. 4. According to Washington County District Attorney Jason Walsh, the baby's mother, Kylie Wilt, 25, lied to Child and Youth Services about the whereabouts of her child, who, she claimed, died in February.
Wilt allegedly told officers she wrapped the baby and put him in a crate until she and the child’s father, Alan Hollis, 27, moved into a new home, where she hid the crate inside a bedroom wall, radio station KDKH reported.
“There was discoloration, different color paint, looked like drywall cut out and section replaced in her bedroom,” Walsh said.
A former neighbor at the couple’s previous home, Robin Stasicha, told KDKA she used to hear the baby “crying all the time” but “all of a sudden, it didn’t one day and [I] didn’t see them bringing him in and out…”
Worried, Stasicha told the station she asked the property manager at their apartment complex about the child.
“I told her I hadn’t seen the baby and I was concerned, and she said the baby passed away,” Stasicha said. “I was thinking, I’m here all the time. I never saw an ambulance. Wouldn’t you call 911 if your baby wasn’t responding to you?”
“I’m sick,” she said of the discovery. “It’s a horrible feeling.”
The baby's mother, Wilt, faces charges of concealing the death of a child, abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice, welfare fraud and tampering with evidence.
The father, Hollis, is also facing charges of obstructing administration of law or other governmental functions.