“Mom” suddenly reappeared out of nowhere when people (including me) started raising money for her sons. According to some accounts, when he saw her for the first time at the trial, Alex asked “who’s the blond chick?”.
(PENSACOLA, Fla.) May 21 – Kelly Marino came to Pensacola for her sons’ trials, but now she is also behind bars for fraud. Now authorities say Alex and Derek King’s mother was using a false name.
Janet Lyttle — a.k.a. Kelly Marino — is imprisoned in Lexington, Kentucky, at the Fayette County Detention Center accused of trying to draw Terry King’s Social security benefits.
Fayette County Attorney Margaret Kannensohn told NBC 15 News Lyttle collected thousands of dollars after misleading the Social Security Administration as to her relationship with 13-year-old Alex and 14-year-old Derek.
“She indicated to them that the children were in her care, custody, and control, which would’ve been the only way she would’ve been able to obtain benefits on their behalf,” explained Kannensohn.
Ultimately, the Social Security Administration realized that not only were the boys not living with Lyttle, they were incarcerated for murdering the very person whose benefits their mother was apparently collecting in their name.
“One should not benefit from taking the life of another in any way, shape, or form,” said Kannensohn.
Lyttle initially snatched the spotlight from her boys when she appeared in their Pensacola courtroom seemingly out of thin air after having left when Alex was four and Derek five.
Prosecutors say Lyttle cashed four checks, collecting in excess of $13,000.