BROOKSVILLE — April Weber, the 26-year-old Brooksville mother accused in the beating death of her 6-week-old daughter, Aubrie, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
Weber stood expressionless during her arraignment as Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. read the charges. Her husband, Harry Weber, quickly left the courtroom afterward with several members of his family.
Authorities said Weber, who lived at the home of her husband's parents, admitted to lifting her infant daughter by the legs and throwing her onto the bed in March, then picking up the child and throwing her against a dresser. Doctors who attempted to resuscitate the infant told authorities the baby had bilateral skull fractures on the left and right sides of her head and internal bleeding. She died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
Weber is being held in the Hernando County Detention Center without bail. Her next court date is scheduled for June 30.