A Florida mother accused of smashing her 6-week-old daughter to death pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday.
April Weber, 26, is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of her daughter, Aubrie Weber.
Weber pleaded not guilty to the murder charge Tuesday during an arraignment in front of Circuit Judge Daniel Merritt Jr.
Hernando County deputies responded to Weber’s Brooksville home on March 23 after receiving a 911 call regarding an injured infant.
April Weber’s husband, Harry Weber, told WTVT his wife frantically called him while he was working that Sunday afternoon stating she dropped their daughter while bouncing the infant on her knee.
“I really couldn’t make out what exactly happened. All I knew was she said something about bouncing and floor, and when she showed me the back of her head, I called 911,” Weber told WTVT.
The infant was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Petersburg where hospital staff had to resuscitate the child three times before she died, police said.
Doctors told detectives that the child suffered skull fractures on the left and right sides of her head, and bleeding within her skull, according to police.
During an interview with investigators, April Weber “admitted to lifting Aubrie by the legs, above her head and throwing the infant onto the bed,” the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Aubrie then bounced off the bed and onto the floor.”
The press release states the mother allegedly said she then picked up the infant above her head and threw her onto the dresser.
HLN left a message with the Hernando County Public Defender’s Office seeking a comment from Weber’s attorney, but calls have not been returned.
“I just want the justice system to do its job for me, for Aubrie, for my family,” Harry Weber told WTVT.
April Weber is being held at the Hernando County Detention Center. She is due in court on June 20 for a pretrial hearing, according to online records.