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ONLY ON 3: Mother of kidnapped children speaks out

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FANNIN COUNTY, GA (WRCB)  --  Jennifer Palmer spent four days in a hospital bed, after her boyfriend attempted to murder her and kidnapped their two children.

The bruises on Jennifer's face do little to show the pain she's been through. Last Wednesday, her then boyfriend, Ellis Weatherspoon, was arrested after officers found him held up inside a camper with their two kids, a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old.

He tried to light the camper on fire with the three of them inside. However, the night before, he had a different target in sight.

"He said I'm gonna tie you up and throw you in the river," Jennifer says.

On Tuesday night, while the kids were in Weatherspoon's car in Fannin County, he lured Jennifer to the bedroom where he'd left an envelope for her on the bed.

"As I reached for it he grabbed me by my throat," explains Jennifer.

She says he began to hit her and beat her head against the floor, all the while telling her how she was going to die. Then he grabbed a six inch butterfly knife and began to stab her.

"I found a way, just to run," Jennifer says. "I went down the steps, and I felt more stab wounds."

Jennifer made it across the street before Weatherspoon stopped the attack. She was stabbed 14 times and sat on a neighbor's porch bleeding, waiting for help or waiting to die.

"I couldn't hold my head up, my legs were getting numb, my hands were getting numb," says Jennifer. "I just kept saying, someone help me."

Weatherspoon now faces a list of charges, including three counts of aggravated assault with attempt to murder and two counts of kidnapping.

Although they had a relationship for eight years, Jennifer says, she tried to leave a couple of times. Now, she hopes her story will reach someone looking for the strength to do the same.

"Get help and get away," says Jennifer.

Her children are in state custody. She's working with the court system to visit them soon.


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