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Mother ‘felt child was possessed'

Feb 2, 2011 11:04:00 PM - thestate.com
A woman whose 16-month-old son died of a head injury told police she struck the child because she thought he was possessed, according to a lawyer at a bond hearing Wednesday.

Attorneys for Amber Lynn Bracci, 19, of Ridgeville, and John D. Weaver II, 20, of Summerville, asked Circuit Judge Diane S. Goodstein to consider freeing their clients on bail. Both are charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of Bracci’s son. Rowan Bracci, died in a hospital Jan. 8 of injuries to his head.

A sheriff’s investigator said Bracci admitted smoking two bowls of marijuana before calling 911. The detective also said the medical examiner determined that the toddler died of an injury caused by a blow to the head. Bracci had told deputies she had struck her child, according to the affidavit in her arrest warrant.

Weaver’s lawyer said Bracci “made a statement that she struck the child because she felt the child was possessed.”

David W. MacDougall, The Post and Courier