HANOVER, Va. — A Mechanicsville woman pleaded guilty Monday to attacking her 11-year-old son with an ax and trying to burn down her home.

Kimberly Shepperson, 31, pleaded guilty to two attempted capital murder charges, arson and malicious wounding, media outlets reported.

Prosecutor Robert Wood said Shepperson attributed the crimes to an argument with her former husband over custody of two of her children.

Shepperson was accused of attacking her son with an ax in February, giving him a prescription sleep aid and setting fire to their home. She and her two daughters escaped through a bathroom window.

The son who received injuries from the ax attack had been diagnosed with cancer. He survived the attack and is doing fine, attorneys said.

Shepperson faces multiple life terms when she’s sentenced Jan. 23 in Hanover County Circuit Court. Wood said there was no plea agreement in the case.

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