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Ettrick woman found guilty of 'brutal attack' on 6-year-old son

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ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) -

New details emerge in court as a young Ettrick mother is sentenced to two months behind bars for assaulting her six year old son. NBC 12 first told you about Sheena Hill when police arrested her back in May. Wednesday in court, we learned Hill sent a text message threatening to kill her son.

The judge made it clear, it's ok to discipline your child for bad behavior, but he said what Hill did to a her 6 year old son, was "a brutal attack".

"Please get that camera out of my face," Hill said as she left the courtroom.

She was calm after being found guilty of assaulting her 6 year old son.

In court - the state said her son got in trouble at school and when he came home - Hill hit her 6-year-old 15 to 20 times with a brush and a belt. She was originally charged with 2 felonies for allegedly choking the child and for cruelty --  but the state decided to drop those charges, in part - because she had no prior criminal history.

The child's father accompanied Hill to the courtroom and also had no reaction to new details mentioned in court. The state showed photos of the child's injuries and a copy of text messages where Hill threatened to kill her son. That's when she burst into tears before the judge.

"I've never heard anything abnormal over there or anything to be alarmed about… What goes on behind closed doors these days, you never know," Hill's neighbor Daniel Clavo said in an interview in May.

Her emotional outburst in court - wasn't enough to let her off. But the judge did say he would show compassion when sentencing after her defense told the court - Hill went through parenting counseling classes and had been suffering from depression.

"You don't want people to know anything when they hear you're guilty of attacking your son?" we asked.

"I don't have time," Hill replied.

The boy's father said he believes they will be able to put this sad incident behind and begin to heal.

Although Hill is sentenced to two months, she technically only has to serve 30 days since the charge is a misdemeanor. A judge will allow her to serve that time on weekends starting next week.

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