Bond court rescheduled for two charged in child's death

John Weaver in bond court.
John Weaver in bond court.

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A circuit judge in Dorchester County may decide as early as Thursday whether the two people being charged in connection with the death of a 16-month-old toddler will remain behind bars.

John Weaver was in bond court Wednesday, but Judge Goodstein did not make a ruling because she said she did not know enough about the case. Goodstein said she would read up on the case and another bond court date will be scheduled at a later time.

Also in court today was Amber Bracci. Bracci's lawyer called for a reduction in her bond and suggested she be put on a GPS monitoring system.

Meanwhile, Weaver's lawyer asked that Weaver be released on a personal recognizance bond. Deputies say Weaver and Bracci are responsible for the death of Bracci's son, Rowan.

Amber Bracci was denied bond at her initial hearing on Jan. 14. A conviction for homicide by child abuse carries  a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Weaver turned himself into sheriff's deputies Monday afternoon. He is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of Rowan Bracci who died in early January.

Investigators say the toddler's mother, Amber Bracci, admitted to hitting the child in the head a few days before he was taken to a hospital. Bracci was denied bond at her first hearing.

Last Thursday, Weaver was indicted on a charge of homicide by child abuse in the death of Rowan Bracci. Weaver is being represented by high-profile defense attorney Andy Savage.

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