Aunt of boy murdered by his cousin speaks out about creating GoFundMe page

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BERNE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A GoFundMe page was taken down after complaints, but GoFundMe put it back up once they determined it was allowed and it is not illegal.

Brenda VanAlstyne explained to NEWS10 ABC’s Lindsay Nielsen why she created it and what she wants people to know.

“There’s no way that we’re going to get over that you know it’s always going to be there. Always. It’s hard and it hurts.”

Brenda VanAlstyne says she relives the pain of her nephews death every day.

Five-year-old Kenneth White was strangled and beaten to death by Brenda’s own daughter Tiffany Vanalstyne in 2014. Now, Brenda in the spotlight again, this time it involves a GoFundMe page she started. The page has caused outrage, a photo of her and Tiffany posted at the top. Brenda explains why she says she created it.

“Just for some home repairs and a little debt relief so we can you know try to live at least a little better, you know I I’m disabled.”

Those home repairs she describes would include, according to her, new windows and other minor improvements at her Knox Trailer. It’s the same home NEWS10 ABC’s Lindsay Nielsen entered in 2014 after it was shut down for code violations. A family court judge found that Brenda abused and neglected Kenneth and his two siblings whom she cared for.

Brenda says she also suffers from severe mental illness.

“I did the best I could with my child. You know she was on medicine and you know she was seeing the doctor.”

Sheriff Craig Apple, who was there from the very beginning when Tiffany VanAlstyne first told police Kenneth was kidnapped, took to his Facebook page today warning people not to donate.

Tiffany VanAlstyne is serving 18 years to life in Prison. The GoFundMe page so far has raised $5 out of the $20,000 requested.

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