The Tribune-Review, Greensburg
A Charleroi woman faces abuse of a corpse and other charges for hiding the death of her infant and sealing his body in a bedroom wall, according to the criminal complaint against her.
Charleroi Regional Police Detective David Kimball wrote in the complaint that officers were called to a home on Lookout Avenue on Thursday to help with a Children and Youth Services investigation.
At the home, a female case investigator with CSI Investigation and Risk Management Services — a company contracted by Washington County CYS — said she was trying to locate an infant referred to in court paperwork as “AH.”
The case investigator said the child’s mother, 25-year-old Kylie Wilt, was not cooperating and claimed the boy was in North Carolina with someone named Claire, according to the complaint. Police said that claim “was easily proven to be false.”
Wilt reportedly became nervous, according to the complaint, and when the case investigator said she could tell Wilt was hiding something, Wilt allegedly said that “the baby died from (sudden infant death syndrome), we don’t have the money for a burial, the baby is here.”
Kimball wrote that a CYS caseworker was assigned to the family when the child was born with THC in his system. The caseworker told officers that Wilt and the child’s father, 27-year-old Alan Hollis, refused to cooperate. Police said the caseworker recalled one time in September when Hollis told her the child was with grandparents.
In an interview with detectives, Wilt allegedly said the child died sometime in early February when she lived in a home on Upper Crest Avenue. According to the complaint, Wilt said she wrapped the infant’s body in a blanket and put him in a gray plastic crate that she kept in the laundry room.
She took the crate with her in a U-Haul when she moved to the home on Lookout Avenue, according to the complaint. In the new home, she put the crate inside a cubbyhole near her bed and put new drywall over it, police said, and painted it to match the rest of the wall.
Kimball said a section of wall in Wilt’s bedroom was a shade off, and inside investigators found a gray tote with a child’s remains under several blankets.
Neither parent is charged with the child’s death. Wilt is charged with fraud, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of concealing the death of a child, tampering with evidence, obstructing law enforcement and abuse of a corpse.
Hollis is charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, a felony, and misdemeanor conspiracy charges relating to obstructing law enforcement, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child.
Wilt remained in the Washington County Prison on Friday, unable to post $50,000 bail. Court records did not indicate whether Hollis was in custody, nor did they list a defense attorney for either.
#BREAKING: 25-year-old Charleroi mom Kylie Wilt accused of hiding her baby in wall of home. Child passed away in February 2021. Investigators discovered remains yesterday. Going through the paperwork now. Stay with @WPXI pic.twitter.com/y47TF5qb7y— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) November 5, 2021
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