Mother sentenced to 40 years for beating 2-year-old son to death for wetting bed

The woman, identified as Katrina Shangreaux, was handed down her sentence on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea deal in March.


                            Mother sentenced to 40 years for beating 2-year-old son to death for wetting bed

A 30-year-old mother from South Dakota was sentenced to 40 years in prison for beating her two-year-old son to death after he wet the bed and gave her the "side eye," according to reports.

The woman, identified as Katrina Shangreaux, was handed the sentence on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea deal in March. She had initially pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, according to The Rapid City Journal.

Reports state that Shangreaux admitted to beating her son Kylen with a studded belt, throwing him to the ground and then hitting him in the stomach and head. She said that she committed the crime out of rage when she found the child had wet the bed after she came home on July 8, 2016.

In her confession, the woman reportedly told the court that she was on her pain medications and was drunk before the assault on the boy.



Shangreaux, in her written statement to the court, said that she became angrier after the child "gave her a sideways look" and referred to her as "Angie."

Angie Shangreaux was the child's paternal aunt who had his custody until a tribal court gave him back to his mother, just weeks before his death.

Reports state that after Kylen's death, the woman and her mother, Sonya Dubray, cleaned blood and feces off the toddler and even cleaned up the scene before calling 911.

Shangreaux reportedly told the 911 dispatcher that her two-year-old son had choked on apple juice.  



While addressing the court during the woman's on Tuesday, Assistant US Attorney Sarah Collins said that Shangreaux's beating had left the child with bleeding in his brain, horrifically mutilated genitals and cigarette burns on his head, according to the Daily Mail.

Although Shangreaux's sentencing guideline suggested a prison term of 27 to 33 years, the Chief Judge Jeffrey L Viken increased her sentence because of the "unusually heinous" crime she had committed.

Shangreaux's mother, meanwhile, has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory and hindering the investigation. Reports state that she is scheduled to face a trial in November.

 

The judge described the child's death as "horrific, depraved, torturous [and] humiliating" and added that the toddler could never have defended himself during the assault. He also ordered Shangreaux's 40-year prison sentence be followed by five years of supervised release.

Reports state that this is one of the longest sentences for a second-degree murder that the U.S District of South Dakota has seen in several years. 



Shangreaux, while addressing Judge Viken, said that it was "one day that went wrong" and that she has been regretting it every second of every day, according to reports. 

Kylen's aunt Angie, who had created a Facebook page to fight for a life sentence for Shangreaux, reacted to Tuesday's sentencing by posting "My poor baby boy" on the page.



"I should have never stopped fighting for you. I love you the most Ky Sky Pie. No one can ever take away our love. All I know is that this didn't have to happen. It could have been prevented... if someone had listened and done their job," Angie had earlier written.

The child's father is currently serving time in federal prison. He was convicted for abuse and neglect of a son with a different woman, according to reports.