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Mechanicsville mom pleads guilty to ax attack

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A Mechanicsville mom pleaded guilty to drugging her 11-year-old son, before attacking him with an ax and setting their house on fire.

The charges against Kim Shepperson include two counts of attempted capital murder, arson and aggravated malicious wounding.

According to an affidavit, Shepperson confessed to drugging her son with Temazempa, a prescription narcotic, to put him to sleep. She then attacked him with an ax and set two fires in their home in February.

Shepperson was home with her three children when the events happened.

You can hear her on the 911 tape say, "Yes, my house is on fire and my son is in the other room and I don't know if he's ok or not."

The dispatcher asks her if someone is trapped.

She says, "I don't know. I don't know. He was asleep in his bedroom," referring to her son. "I don't know. I don't know what happened. I don't know if his room is on fire. "

But in a statement, Shepperson confesses to hitting him with the ax, and burning the home. The prosecutor stated that the boy's wounds show Shepperson held him down while she hit him, and that he was crying "ow and owie".

Inside the courtroom, Kimberly Shepperson was quiet when she addressed the court, even polite, saying 'yes sir' to the judge, and tearful at times when they showed pictures of her children.

In the statement, Shepperson said for a month she'd considered buying a gun to kill them all. She goes on to say,"I took the ax into my son's room and began hitting him over and over again. And then realizing what I had done, I just kept hugging and kissing him."

Shepperson and her two daughters escaped through the bathroom window. Shepperson also mentions being bi-polar, and battling depression.

She says a man named Rob King, who was her friend, gave her the idea. About a month before, King killed himself and his twin daughters, using carbon monoxide and a knife. The murder-suicide happened in Ashland.

The boy that was attacked is now back at school and doing well. The two other children with Shepperson are now with family members.

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