WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The Westmoreland County woman accused in the fatal beating of her mother on New Year’s Eve is now headed to trial.

Sarah Vercauteren did not take the stand during her preliminary hearing Wednesday, but the prosecution did enter into evidence a taped interview.

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Vercauteren said nothing as she left the hearing Wednesday afternoon in Washington Township.

But what she said during a taped interview with state police after she was captured was shocking.

“I asked her if I could use her car to go get marijuana, but I was really going to go get heroin,” Vercauteren said. “And I think she kinda knew that, and she told me, no.”

The date was Dec. 31 and it was inside her mother’s trailer.

Vercautheran is talking about her mother, Dawn Marie Wagner.

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“My body got really hot. I jumped off the counter and I hit her again with the hammer and again and again,” she said. “I pushed her, and then I kept hitting her in the head with the hammer. And she said, ‘You can use my car, you can use my car.’ And at that point, like, there was just so much blood everywhere. And I told her, ‘I’m sorry,’ and that I loved her.”

At the end if the interview she told troopers, she was sorry and didn’t plan on any of it.

Vercauteren remains in the Westmoreland County Jail on homicide charges. She is being held without bond.

Her trial date has not yet been set.

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