Woman accused of killing her 4-year-old son by setting him on fire, tying plastic bag over his head at their home Sept 28
Amelia DiStasio, 23, of Milwaukee, Wis., is charged with first degree intentional homicide
Milwaukee Fire Dept responded to reports of smoke and found her son Antonio DiStasio covered in burns
Antonio’s hands were tied behind his back with seven belts, his head was covered with a garbage
Witness saw Amelia DiStasio climb out the window and run off, investigators found she’d searched “how to kill a canabal” on her phone
Taken into custody later that day, bond is set at $400,000
Amelia DiStasio is charged with first degree intentional homicide
Amelia DiStasio is charged with first degree intentional homicide.
A mother is accused of killing her 4-year-old son, who was found in the bathtub of their home with significant burns. According to a criminal complaint Amelia Distasio, bound her autistic 4-year-old son with seven belts before setting him on fire
DiStasio, 23, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is charged with first degree intentional homicide after the Milwaukee Fire Department responded to reports of smoke on Sept. 28, and found her son Antonio DiStasio covered in burns.
His hands were tied behind his back with seven belts, and his head was covered with a garbage bag, according to a criminal complaint reports WDJT.
An open bottle of canola oil was also found in the bathroom, and a pile of clothes were still smoldering when the fire department arrived.
Antonio Destasio, 4, was allegedly burned to death by mother Amelia Distasio, at their Milwaukee home Sept. 28. She researched methods before inflicting the horrible death
A pet guinea pig was also found drowned in its cage next to the bathtub.
A witness said she saw Amelia DiStasio climb out the window and run off. She was taken into custody later that day and remains held with bond set at $400,000.
One resident told police she heard the boy yelling, “Please mommy, stop! I won’t do it again!” the night before the brutal murder, according to the criminal complaint.
A search of the suspect’s phone also revealed she searched “how do canabals die”, and “how to kill a canabal”, on google shortly before the homicide.
She reportedly visited a message board for a horror survival game that suggested fighting cannibals with fire. Other posts mentioned that cannibals “like to bath in oil”, which the detective noted was significant given the bottle of canola oil recovered in the bathroom.
Police said Amelia Distasio, bound her autistic 4-year-old son with seven belts before setting him on fire
An autopsy revealed seven belts were used to secure Antonio Detasio’s hands and arms to his sides, and a plastic bag had been placed over his head — pulled tight and knotted at the back of his head. The autopsy revealed “significant charring” to his skin, and thermal injuries “to the majority of his body.” His death was ruled a homicide.
The witness who reported seeing Distasio jump from the windowsill of the apartment building on September 28, noted that she looked “frazzled,” according to the complaint.
The boy’s grandfather Ralph DiStasio remembered Antonio as a bright, happy and autistic boy.
“You’re all gonna be down on his mother. But she loved him. Took him everywhere with her. Tried to get him treatment. And she’s now under arrest. I don’t know what happened, only that I’ve lost both my grandson and a daughter,” he wrote in a Facebook post.