January 19, 2011

Chyanne Otto And The Pregnant Step-Mother Who Would Not Die

Oconto, Wisconsin (The Weekly Vice) - Chyanne Otto, a 14-year-old Wisconsin teen has been charged as an adult after she allegedly tried to kill her pregnant step-mother by poisoning her drinks with anti-freeze.

And the teen's own words, scribed in a journal, described just how much she wanted her pregnant step-mother dead.

"I so want to kill Dawn, but she is pregnant. So I am going to kill her and the baby or just her and wait until October," wrote Otto in a diary that was later confiscated by police.

"Dawn won't die," Otto wrote in another journal entry. "I gave her a bunch of junk of stuff out of the garage last week and she's not dead, so I am doing it again with only anti-freeze so hopefully it works."

According to police, detectives began an investigation back in September when the parent of one of Chyanne's classmates notified them that the teen was attempting to kill her step-mother. An anonymous tip led detectives to the teen's journal where Otto reportedly began making entries about the murder plot in May.

The police arrest affidavit also stated that Otto admitted her attempts to kill her step-mother to her therapist. TWV was unable to ascertain why the therapist in question didn't feel compelled to make someone aware of this information.

The step-mother told police that she did notice that her drinks tasted a little different, but that she had not become ill from them.

Following a lengthy investigation, Otto was jailed on charges of first-degree intentional homicide attempt. She made an initial court appearance on January 11th before being released into the custody of her grandfather - who likely gives his morning coffee a second sniff before drinking.

Otto is scheduled to appear in court again on January 26th.

Two similar cases profiled on TWV

Brittany Morril Spiked her mother's Kool-Aid with Lysol
Caitlin Buchecker Poisoned Her Mother With Household Cleaner

The Weekly Vice Opinion:

Kudos to the parent who decided to stand up and say something when it seems like every other jackfruit around this girl sat on their hands and did nothing. Many of these teen attempted homicide cases begin in adult court and are later transferred over to juvenile court. We sincerely hope this isn't the outcome of this case like it was in this case.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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