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Iowa mother charged in murder of 2-year-old son

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BUCHANAN COUNTY (KWWL) -- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Officials from Buchanan County held a news conference Thursday afternoon to update members of the media and public on the investigation of the death of 2-year-old Seth Kehoe and injury to Michelle and Sean Kehoe.

According to Al Vander Hart, the Buchanan County Attorney, they filed three charges against Michelle Kehoe. 

"This afternoon, we filed three charges against Ms. Kehoe. She's being charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and child endangerment causing serious injury," said Vander Hart.

The arrest warrant won't be served until the treatment has been completed at the hospital. No word on how long Michelle Kehoe will be in treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Vander Hart says after being discharged, Kehoe will be arrested. Al Vander Hart, the Buchanan County Attorney says he sends his sincere condolences to the family, especially Gene Kehoe.  Vander Hart says they have no evidence that anyone else was involved in the attack.

"It is our prayer that the lord will bind their wounds heal their broken hearts in the face of this terrible tragedy," said Vander Hart.

Here is the information released by the Department of Public Safety:

Arrest Warrants Issued in Kehoe Death, Injury Investigation Buchanan County, IOWA -Today, at approximately 1:00 p.m., arrest warrants were issued for 35 year old Michelle Kehoe. 

Based on evidence collected at the crime scene and witness statements, she will be charged with one count of Murder in the First Degree, one Count of Attempt to Commit Murder and one count of Child Endangerment Resulting in Serious Injury. 

Michelle Kehoe will be arrested and charged upon her discharge from the hospital.  The arrest warrants and pending charges are a direct result of a 3-day long investigation that began when Michelle Kehoe and her two sons, two year old Seth Kehoe and seven year old Sean Kehoe, after having been reported missing, resurfaced in Littleton, Iowa on Monday morning, October 27, 2008. 

When law enforcement and medical personnel arrived at "Hook N Liner Pond," the location Michelle provided, Michelle and Sean were both suffering injuries.  Seth was found dead at the scene. 

An autopsy later revealed Seth died of sharp force injuries to the neck. At the scene of the crime, investigators recovered duct tape and a knife. 

During the investigation Sean Kehoe stated that his mom had driven the van to the location, duct taped his eyes, nose and mouth, and removed him from the van. 

He also stated that his mom was the one who gave him the cut on his neck.  While being interviewed by investigators, Michelle stated that she had purchased duct tape and a knife one month prior. 

She also stated that she put duct tape on Seth's eyes, mouth and wrists and that it all happened within 5 minutes and prior to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2008.

To view a copy of the Complaint & Affidavit for all three charges, visit:

Murder in the First Degree
Attempt to Commit Murder
Child Endangerment Resulting in Serious Injury 

This investigation was conducted by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa State Patrol.

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