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UPDATE: Mother Charged in Son's Death, Stabbing


Buchanan County (KWWL) -- Family and friends are shocked as a Coralville mother is charged with killing her 2 year old son and trying to kill her older son.

The charges came down Thursday.

Michelle Kehoe and her two sons, Sean and Seth, disappeared Sunday on their way to Sumner.

When they resurfaced near Littleton in rural Buchanan County Monday morning, 2 year old Seth was dead and Michelle and Sean were seriously hurt.

A criminal complaint reveals many new details about what may have happened Sunday and Monday.

Despite initially telling investigators a man with a knife attacked her and her two sons, she told investigators she lied to cover-up something she'd apparently been planning for several weeks.

Authorities say Kehoe bought duct tape 2 months ago.

One month ago, they say she bought a knife.

Also one month ago, she wrote a note detailing an abduction of her and her two sons in the Jesup area.

Authorities say she used the duct tape and knife on her sons and re-wrote the note Sunday morning.

Now, she faces murder charges for something she says happened in less than 5 minutes.

"We've charged Michelle Kehoe with murder," says Buchanan County Attorney Allan Vander Hart.

Vander Hart outlined the charges against Michelle Kehoe at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say Sunday morning, Kehoe drove to a wooded area near Littleton, duct-taped 7 year-old Sean's eyes, nose, mouth and wrists, then cut his neck.

They say Sean heard his younger brother, Seth, call out and saw his mom hurting him.

Seth later died from those wounds.

Kehoe then apparently hurt herself, trying to cover it all up before running to a nearby home for help.

"I need to stress the charges filed are merely accusations. Accusation is not proof. The defendant is entitled to her day in court," says Vander Hart.

Michelle Kehoe remains in an Iowa City hospital under watch by hospital security.

Authorities don't believe she's a risk to herself or to escape.

"They will notify us when her treatment has been completed and she's cleared for discharge from the hospital and at that time she'll be taken into custody on warrants," says Vander Hart.

Both Sean kehoe and Michelle Kehoe have spoken with investigators.

According to the affidavit, Michelle Kehoe told them she couldn't explain why she had done it.

It says she stated she couldn't face anyone and that she wanted to die or be locked up where she couldn't hurt anyone else.

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