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Murder victim Kenneth White's sisters are adopted

May 13, 2019 07:21 PM

ALBANY - Cheyenne and Christine were all smiles Friday as they were adopted by foster mother Linda Dunne of Altamont. 

"These little girls have been to hell and back," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. "And they finally have a new mom. A mom that's supportive. A mom that's going to care for them."

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Dunne has been caring for them since their brother Kenneth White was killed. 

He was only 5 years old in December of 2014 when his cousin, Tiffany VanAlstyne, strangled him and dumped him in a snowbank.

Since that terrible day, his death has led to Kenneth's Law, which gives law enforcement quicker access to child abuse records. It has also led to the formation of Kenneth's Army, a dedicated group of volunteers.  Member Claire Ansbro-Ingalls was there for the final adoption. 

"It was wonderful to see the development of the girls over the past four and a half years from the day of the incident to where they are today," she said.  "It was nice to see them so happy and excited."

She says their adoptive mother is very loving and nurturing. 

"Taking them that very first night and having them until now hasn't been easy. All of their fears and frustrations, she gets it all - and she has managed to keep them on a very even keel and take care of them and love them very much."

"And although Cheyenne will forever miss her brother, her twin brother, this is the start of a new chapter in their life and I think that the healing and there's a little bit more closure there," said Sheriff Apple.  "And now they can start healing and being normal kids."

Kenneth's Army continues its work in memory of the little boy, helping local students and families.  Their next fundraiser is a motorcycle run on June 1 in Berne Town Park. 

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Kumi Tucker

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