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Boy, 8, to mom: 'You're going to kill me,' LMPD report says

Kimberly Anderson (Source: LMDC) Kimberly Anderson (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An 8-year-old boy told his mother, “You’re going to kill me,” as she allegedly strangled him with a rope.

That’s what a Louisville Metro Police arrest report said after the arrest of Kimberly Anderson, 40, for attempted murder and criminal abuse.

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On the afternoon of July 22, officers were dispatched to the 6900 block of Rock Hollow Drive after Anderson called police, saying she strangled the little boy. Anderson told officers she contemplated killing the victim with a knife or a rope, but finally decided on the rope because he would "just pass out," the report said. She went on to explain that she put the rope around his neck for about 30 seconds and the boy turned blue in the face and said, “You’re going to kill me.”

The child had bruising around his neck and broken broken capillaries in his eyes when police arrived. He was then rushed to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Anderson was arrested and came before a judge Wednesday to face her charges.

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Neighbors on Rock Hollow Drive were shocked to learn what happened. They said they never suspected any sort of abuse.

“Sweet boy,” neighbor Maribel Cabrea said. “My little boy (is) seven years old he says that is his best friend.”

Added neighbor neighbor Paul Arms: “I just found out today and I'm like a child? How can you hurt a child?"

Dr. Gerard Rabalais from UofL’s Department of Pediatrics said he's witnessed too many cases of abuse. He’s part of an organization called the Face It® Movement, the goal of which is to end child abuse in nine years. He said people shouldn’t be fooled that child abuse doesn’t happen in their neighborhoods.

“When you look across the fence at your neighbor and they look normal, like how could they do something to their child this can't be true,” Rabalais said. “Don't be comforted by that. Use the evidence that you see to make a decision about whether you should say something. And protect that child and face the possibility that it really is happening right in your own neighborhood.”

Parents can ask for help by calling 1-800-CHILDREN. Dr. Rabalais also suggested finding someone you can trust to watch your child and take a break if you are frustrated. It’s OK to leave a baby in a crib or other safe place while you regroup.

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WAVE 3 News reporter Maira Ansari contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter at @MairaWave.

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