BROOKSVILLE – A Brooksville woman plead not guilty to charges of killing her 6-week-old baby during an arraignment in front of Circuit Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. on Tuesday.
April Nichol Brooklyn Weber, 26, was arrested on charges of murder in the first degree and aggravated child abuse on Mar. 24 after paramedics responded to calls of an injured infant at her 22203 Mondon Hill Road home. A grand jury indicted her on the charges April 14.
Weber initially told detectives she dropped Aubrie Weber while bouncing her on her leg. Weber later admitted to lifting the baby over her head and throwing her on the bed, causing the infant to bounce from the bed to the floor, and then throwing her against a dresser.
Aubrie Weber was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with severe injuries, including fractures on both sides of her skull and bleeding in her skull. The baby was resuscitated three times but eventually died from her injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
Weber’s attorney, Kirk Campbell, entered the not guilty plea, and waived her right to a speedy trial. Merritt set Weber’s next court hearing for June 20.
The baby’s father, Harry Weber, was in the courtroom during the arraignment.
After the hearing, Harry Weber said family and friends were there to support him, and that he intends to attend every court event possible in the future.
Whether the case is resolved through a plea deal or if it goes to trial, Weber said he’ll “accept” the outcome, and said he’s just going to “let the court do what it’s going to do.”
“It’s hard,” Weber said. “There’s been many a night I cried myself to sleep ... I just got to take it one day at a time.”
Weber said he’s filled with “sadness” and “self-doubt,” and often wonders if there’s something he could have done to intervene and save his baby.
Weber said he has not spoken to his wife since he received a phone call that their baby had been injured and died.
“Frankly I don’t want to,” Weber said, adding he removed his wedding ring as soon as he received word. He said divorce from April Weber was “inevitable.”
“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” Weber said.