Mother who killed 5-year-old son gets 40 years

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A 42-year-old Colorado Springs woman accused of drowning her 5-year-old son and then setting a fire in her apartment has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Gazette reports Shannon Dodson entered her plea Friday and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the Nov. 8 death of Jude Murray-Gomez.

Firefighters called to Dodson's apartment found Jude's body and Dodson sitting in a closet naked and wet. The door to Dodson's apartment had been barricaded from the inside, and the bathtub was full of water.

Dodson said in court Friday she was distressed because she had to give her son back to the boy's father and grandmother because of the custody agreement. She said she thought killing herself and her son would be the best way to solve the problem.


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