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By Jana Eschbach email
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(WFLX) - For the first time, we're learning more about why a mother murdered her 8-year-old son on Christmas Eve. We have the letters she wrote after killing her son, the video taped confession, and the explanation as to why the distraught mother couldn't follow through with her plan and commit suicide.

"Right now, he's in a safe place. Ok? He is not hurting. He is safe. Ok."

Eryn Allegra, bandaged from her suicide attempt and still wrapped in a hospital gown, confesses she drugged her 8-year-old son, Tristan, with Advil. Then, finished the murder with a hotel pillow.

Detective said, "You said, you didn't want to live anymore... So your plan was to kill him, so he did not have to suffer, right? Ok. Eryn what did you do?"

Eryn cried, "Put the pillow on his face."

Detective asked, "Did he yell out anything? Did he move his hands to get the pillow away from himself?"

Eryn replied, "He moved his hands, but just kind of like that."

Suffocating inside the Port St. Lucie hotel room on Christmas eve, lying in bed, Tristan fought to live for 15 long minutes.

"I would guess about 15 minutes," Eryn stated.

Detective followed up, "You would guess about 15 minutes."

Eryn told police she next planned to kill herself with razors, writing suicide note after note, saying I tried to see that he didn't suffer. I was no longer a good mother. I love him with all my heart. I was no longer living - only the walking dead.

Police found a note to Tristan, as well, saying I know I have no right to say I am sorry after what I did. Thank you for being my sweet boy. Love always, forever mom.

Eryn confesses she could not bring herself to face the pain of cutting herself. She survived charged with murder.

Her son, Tristan, too small to put up a fight.

So what was her motive? She lost her job and had financial problems. But, prosecutors say, what set her off was an affair cut off by the married man she was dating.

She wrote him to say this was not depression or revenge. She missed him terribly. Prosecutors may argue this was to get his attention.

A grand jury decides if she faces first degree murder charges in the next month.

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