Knox boy remembered five years after his tragic death

WNYT Staff/ Dan Levy
Updated: December 18, 2019 05:48 PM
Created: December 18, 2019 08:03 AM

Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Kenneth White. The then 5-year-old boy was murdered by his cousin in December of 2014.  

Things began to unfold up on the mountain, in rural Albany County, in the hill town of Knox, New York. Kenneth White lived in a trailer, with his two sisters, his aunt, his cousin Tiffany VanAlstyne, and two others.   


On the morning of December 18, 2014, Tiffany, who was watching the children, made an emergency 911 phone call summoning police to the scene.

The phone call triggered an Amber Alert. According to VanAlystyne, two men wearing ski masks kidnapped the boy. Police organized an all-out manhunt to locate the boy, but discovered VanAlstyne's story was a lie.     

Kenneth's body was found in a snowbank across the road from the trailer. The next day, Van Alstyne was charged with killing her cousin    

In August of 2015, the community came together to get Kenneth a headstone.

In November of 2015, Tiffany VanAlstyne plead guilty. The same month, Governor Cuomo signed Kenneth's Law, which gives law enforcement quicker access to child abuse records in an emergency.

VanAlstyne was sentence to 18 years to life in prison in January of 2016.      

Kenneth's sisters were adopted in May of 2019.

Law enforcement officials still remember the horrific case.

"This case touched a lot of people in our department. It touched a lot of people in that community, and it still does," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

A candlelight vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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