One warm July night, 2-year-old Kylen Shangreaux accidentally wet his bed. When his 28-year-old mother, Katrina Pauline Shangreaux found out, she beat him to death. She had been out drinking and had taken pain medication prior to the murder. According to her, she says that she returned home to find the bed wet and he gave her a “defiant” look, and called her “Angie”, the name of his paternal aunt who had previously had custody of him.
She beat him mercilessly, using her hands and a belt, before throwing him on the ground where she kicked him repeatedly in the head and abdomen. She even went so far as to bite him multiple times and injure his privates. After the attack, she took Kylen to the kitchen where she and her mother, Sonya Dubray, tried to get him to drink apple juice.
Kylen fell to the ground and soiled himself, but his guardians still failed to call for help. Instead, they cleaned up the blood and feces and cleaned up all signs of the beating while he lay there before they called 911. The ambulance rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared dead at 8:30 am on July 28. Doctors at the time believed that he had been dead for around four hours by that time.
When doctors performed an autopsy, they discovered that little Kylen had bruising on over 70 percent of his body. After learning of his death, Katrina Shangreaux fled before being arrested. Police charged her with first-degree murder, felony child abuse, and felony child abuse and neglect. However, as part of a plea deal she is only having to plead guilty to second-degree murder which will carry a punishment of up to life in prison.
As for Sonya Dubray, she has also been charged in Kylen’s death. She is out on bond while she faces multiple federal offenses such as tampering with evidence and accessory to first-degree murder. Kylen’s father is currently in federal prison serving time for abuse and neglect of his other son, Kyle’s half-brother. Please, keep Kylen in your thoughts and prayers, and hold your kids and grandkids close. Pictured below is Kylen, and his adoring aunt who will never get over the loss of this little boy who she called her own son.
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