Hernando County mother accused of murdering baby

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A Hernando County mother is charged with murdering her 6-week-old old girl.

Authorities responded to a 911 call on Mondon Hill Road shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. The caller said the child's mother, April Nichol Brooklyn Weber, 26, had "accidentally dropped" the baby while bouncing her on her leg.

Deputies determined that the child's injuries were severe and she was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Hospital staff members told authorities they had to resuscitate the baby, Aubrie Weber, three times.

The infant died shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Doctors determined that Aubrie had skull fractures on both sides of her head and bled internally.

"Closer examination revealed the infant was a victim of a child abuse," said Hernando County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Denise Moloney. 

According to a sheriff's statement, April Weber admitted to lifting the baby by the legs over her head and throwing her onto a bed. The child bounced off the bed and onto the floor.

The mother then told detectives that she again held the baby over her head and threw her against a dresser.

Choking back tears, Weber's husband Harry clutched a photo of his baby girl to his chest Monday evening.

"I just don't get it," he stammered. "I never in my life would have ever imagined it would end up this way."

Weber said April had in the past struggled with taking care of their child who was born with a clubfoot and would often cry out in pain from her corrective treatment.

"I had to come home a couple times early because it was too much for her to handle," Weber said.

Both he and his father, with whom the family lived, wondered if April suffered from postpartum depression.

"To be honest, she might have had a little bit of it and that's why I talked to her and said you know if you need someone to talk to there are people out here," Aubrie's grandfather Mark Weber said. "They say the worst thing in the world is to lose a child. I'm going to say no it's not. The worst thing in the world is to see your child lose a child."

Weber is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.  She's being held in the Hernando County Detention Center without bond.

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