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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 43-year-old Kansas City man has admitted that he beat, stabbed and drowned his ex-girlfriend in front of their children.

Ja A. Ray pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the November 2012 killing of 21-year-old Essence Willoughby. He was then sentenced to 25 years in prison, with another seven years for possession of PCP.

The Kansas City Star reports the couple's 3-year-old son helped lead authorities to his mother's body in a wooded area near where they had attended church the day before her death.

Court documents indicated the 3-year-old boy told investigators that he had seen his mother bleeding and that his father cut his mom in the stomach while he and his younger brother sat nearby and cried.

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