On July 28, 2016, two-year-old Kylen Shangreaux was brutally killed allegedly by his biological mother, Katrina, over a potty training accident in Evergreen, SD. Kylen suffered bite marks, bruises, and a torn scrotum and had been dead for hours before anyone sought help from a doctor.
Kylen and his family were members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Kylen's case was managed by Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi (LOWO) and overseen by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court. Weeks prior to Kylen's death, Kylen was removed from his stable placement with his paternal aunt and family, and placed in the care of his biological mother despite objections regarding Katrina's ability to safely parent Kylen.
We believe Kylen was unnecessarily torn from a safe and loving home due to oversight from the LOWO agency and the OST Tribal Court and are asking for reform to the child welfare practices to ensure that the interests of Lakota children are always protected. We want to enact Kylen's Law to safeguard children so another precious young life is never again taken needlessly.