Dallasblack.com: 23-Year-Old Mother Accused Of Tying Up 4-Year-Old Autistic Son And Setting Him On Fire

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 9:22 AM

23-Year-Old Mother Accused Of Tying Up 4-Year-Old Autistic Son And Setting Him On Fire

By: Monya Fleming

23-Year-Old Mother Accused Of Tying Up 4-Year-Old Autistic Son And Setting Him On Fire
A 23-year-old Wisconsin mother, Amelia Di Stasio, is accused of setting her 4-year-old son with autism on fire after binding him with seven belts. 

Di Stasio faces a charge of first degree intentional homicide in the death of her young son, Antonio Di Stasio, who was burned in a bathtub on September 28th. Di Stasio faces life in prison if convicted.

The criminal complaint states that the Milwaukee Fire Department was dispatched to the home at 17th and Grant after reports of smoke at around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 28. 

Firefighters noticed smoke coming from Apt. 2 and forced entry into the home. They saw coming from the stove, as well as a pile of clothing in the bathroom's bathtub was smoking. 


The first responders found the body of the child with his hands tied behind his back with seven belts. The complaint revealed there was a garbage bag over his head.

Investigators discovered the victim's body had been set on fire with the use of an unknown accelerant, believed to be canola cooking oil found in the bathroom sink. A pet guinea pig was found drowned in its cage next to the tub. 


Amelia was not home when first responders arrived. The criminal complaint revealed the apartment's smoke detector had been removed and placed in water.

Police spoke to Di Stasio's neighbor, who revealed Amelia and Antonio had moved in two months ago. The neighbor said that she heard Antonio say, "Please, Mommy. Stop! I won't do it again." And she said she heard Amelia yell "Shut up," the day before the boy's death.


Another witness told investigators she saw a woman jump from the windowsill of the apartment building on September 28th. She said the woman looked "frazzled."

Di Stasio was arrested later on September 28th after an officer saw her walking down W. Wisconsin Avenue.

The father of the 4-year-old boy, Ralph Di Stasio, said, "It’s impossible to describe it. I got to hope that Antonio is in heaven."


An autopsy revealed seven belts were used to bind Antonio's hands and arms to his sides. A plastic bag had been placed over his head and tied behind his neck.

The autopsy revealed "significant charring" to his skin, and thermal injuries "to the majority of his body." His death was ruled a homicide.

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Investigators searched Di Stasio's phone and found searches for "how do canabals (sic) die" and "how to kill a canabal (sic)" from September 28th. 

The cell phone search also revealed a message board dedicated to an online game billed as a "horror survival game" in which players fight cannibals. 

The message board "detailed the ways to kill cannibals within the game," and recommended the first way was to "kill it with fire." 

The game stated that cannibals "like to bathe in oil."


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