Closing arguments set for Thursday in trial of mom accused in toddler's death

Closing arguments set for Thursday in trial of mom accused in toddler's death

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Closing arguments are set for Thursday morning in the trial of a Dorchester County woman charged in the death of her baby boy.

Amber Bracci is charged with homicide by child abuse in the 2011 death of Rowan Bracci.

The prosecution called nine witnesses over two days. Now it will be up to the jury to decide Amber Bracci's guilt or innocence.

The lead investigator in the case took the stand on the second day of Bracci's trial Wednesday morning.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Det. Rick Carson interviewed Amber Bracci after her 2011 arrest in the death of her son, Rowan.

Carson testified Bracci told him she believed her boyfriend, John Weaver, was responsible for Rowan's death.

"She repeats, she thinks John did it between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.," Carson said."And I pressed her for an explanation. By that time she simply replied,'That's the time it happened.'"

Audio was also played for jurors which Carson said was a phone call in which Bracci said, "He knows in his heart what happened that night and I think I can look him in the eye and maybe he will confess and maybe he will break down."

The last person to testify, Detective Adam Smith said Bracci admitted hitting her son days before he died.

"Towards the end of the interview she wanted to say one more thing," Smith said on the stand."That she had struck Rowan in the head several days prior to the incident and that concluded the interview."

Carson also testified Bracci said she and Weaver smoked marijuana the day her son went to the hospital.

If convicted of homicide by child abuse Bracci faces twenty years to life in prison.

Both Bracci and Weaver are charged with homicide by child abuse in Rowan's death.

Rowan Bracci died two days after he was rushed to the hospital.

Closing arguments begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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