Mother denied bond in child's death; Boyfriend's bond set at $50k

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Bond was denied Friday for the mother charged in the death of her son.

Amber Bracci, 19, and her boyfriend John Weaver both face homicide by child abuse charges in the death of 16-month-old Rowan Bracci. Weaver received a $50,000 bond Friday, while Bracci's bond was denied. She will be allowed to ask for bond again in six months.

The couple awaited on bond hearing this week, after a judge delayed her decision on whether to grant bond Wednesday. During the hearing, Weaver's attorney said Amber Bracci shared this excuse for striking the child. Now the accused couple has started pointing fingers at each other.

"She has made a statement that she struck the baby because she felt the baby was possessed," said Weaver's attorney Andy Savage.

A few days after Rowan Bracci died she said Weaver was to blame for the child's death. The coroner says the boy died of head trauma early last month.

According to investigators, Bracci admitted to hitting the child in the head a few days before he was taken to a hospital. Bracci's lawyer asked for bond and a GPS monitoring system during Wednesday court appearance.

Weaver's lawyer wants him to be released on a personal recognizance bond, but so far the judge has not said if he will be released.

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