Ridgeville, South Carolina — The Dorchester County Sheriff’s department has been investigating the death of Rowan Bracci since January 9, and on Friday, his 19-year-old mother was denied bond after being charged with his death. Police say Amber Bracci hit the baby because she thought he was “possessed.”
Not only is Bracci charged, but her 20-year-old boyfriend, John Weaver, is also facing charges of homicide by child abuse in the death of 16-month-old Rowan.
Although Bracci’s bond was denied, she will be able to request a bond again in six months. The judge was more lenient with Weaver, as he was granted a $50,000 bond.
Though the couple is now apparently pointing fingers at each other, Bracci is the one who blamed the death on the child being “possessed” and admitted that she was the one who hit the child.
“I went in there and picked my son up out of bed at 10:30 in the morning and he was limp,” Bracci said in an interview with WCSC-TV. “His eyes were closed and he was not responsive.” The coroner says the boy died two days later of head trauma. His retinas were detached with severe hemorrhaging behind the eyes. The doctor also said there had been signs of abuse prior to this incident.
“I loved my son with all my heart,” Bracci said. “I may not have been a perfect mother. There are things that I regret.”