NYLON – Police arrested a Perry woman on Monday for the murder of Desirae Withey, who was found deceased at her home on Feb. 6.
According to a press release from Assistant Wyoming County District Attorney Eric Schiener, Kira Kastenhuber, 38, was charged with Murder in the Second Degree for the allegedly intentional death of Desirae Withey, 33.
“It is alleged that Kira Kastenhuber entered the victim’s residence as part of a preconceived plan to disable and then intentionally kill the victim,” said Schiener. ”
On the morning of Feb. 6 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a 911 call was made by a neighbor after one of the victim’s children had sought out the neighbor’s assistance. At that point members of the Perry Police Department arrived at the Borden Avenue residence. Upon arriving and surveying the scene, calls were made to the New York State Police, Wyoming County Child Protective Services, and the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office for assistance.
On Sunday, Feb. 7, during the late morning hours, law enforcement responded to a 911 call for a potential overdose of Ms. Kastenhuber. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and released on Monday, Feb. 8, at approximately 5 p.m. At that time she was taken into custody, processed and then arraigned in the Warsaw Village Court by the Village Justice Michael Hyjek. She was committed to jail without bail and a felony hearing was scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Warsaw Village Court.
Also, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 the Monroe County Medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy and issued a preliminary report. That report states that the manner of death is a homicide with the cause of death by asphyxiation and multiple injuries to the victim.
“This investigation is continuing and we are asking for any information that the public may have to assist the investigating agencies with this case.” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “If anyone has any information please contact the state police at 585-786-5152 no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.”
O’Geen added that beyond this press release there will no further comment, interviews or release of any other information regarding this case either from his office or the members of law enforcement.
“At this time we ask that the family of Ms. Withey be given time to grieve the loss of their family member,” said O’Geen. “Our condolences go out to her parents, children, friends and family.”
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