She and her husband had their first child just a few months after the death of Gary and Linda Haas. James DeWayne Byus, 2, was taken into DHS custody Thursday.
“The birth of her son, James, brought her great joy, and he was the light of her world,” Diesselhorst said. “She loved him.”
Justin Byus' uncle, Claude Byus, lives across the street from the couple. He said the family was in too much pain to speak about the incident.
“This is all a nightmare,” Byus said.
A neighbor described the area as an upscale community where most residents keep to themselves.
“It's a quiet community,” Judy Kolker said. “I had met them multiple times. They both seemed pleasant.”
Justin Byus has two felony convictions — one in 2006 for assault and battery on an employee of a juvenile detention facility and another in 2007 for writing fraudulent checks.