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Summerville man surrenders to police in connection with child's death

John D. Weaver John D. Weaver
Amber Lynn Bracci Amber Lynn Bracci
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RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The second suspect in the death of a 16-month-old Dorchester County boy is behind bars after turning himself in to authorities Monday afternoon.

John Weaver, 20, turned himself in around 2 p.m. Monday. Weaver is being represented by high-profile defense attorney Andy Savage. Two other people, believed to be Weaver's family members were present when he turned himself in.

Weaver did not answer any questions on his way into the jail. Last Thursday, Weaver was indicted on a charge of homicide by child abuse in the death of his girlfriend's son, 16-month-old Rowan Bracci.

Also under indictment on the same charge is the toddler's mother, 19-year-old Amber Lynn Bracci of Ridgeville. Bracci has been in jail since her arrest in mid-January.

The Dorchester County Coroner's Office says an autopsy showed Rowan Bracci died of a closed head injury at the hands of another person or persons.

The solicitor's office says Weaver will most likely have a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon. Bracci was denied bond at her first hearing.

Bracci told deputies she called EMS after she saw her son's eyes rolling into the back of his head. Police say she admitted hitting her son in the head days before he was taken to the hospital.

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