A Hyattsville woman has pleaded guilty to trying to beat her ex-boyfriend's 8-year-old son to death with a dumbbell.
Helen Newsome, 27, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and burglary Friday in Prince George's County Circuit Court. Sentencing is set for April 17.
Prosecutors say on Aug. 30, 2013, Newsome broke into her ex-boyfriend's Landover home and hid for more than 12 hours before the man left for work. Authorities say Newsome first tried to suffocate the boy with a pillow and then beat him with the dumbbell.
The boy escaped and ran to a neighbor's house.