“A 21-year-old mother who shook her six-month-old baby to death has caused outrage after making a Facebook appeal for donations to pay for his funeral just four days later.
Brittany Arnett, from Inverness, Florida, was arrested for murder on Monday after inflicting fatal injuries on her son Hadley when he would not stop crying.
Investigators said over a period of several hours she slammed Hadley’s face into a swing and shook him violently at a home in Inverness on January 27th.
Four days after her son’s death, the mother then took to her Facebook page to ask for donations for his funeral and also spoke emotionally about losing her newborn son.
She failed to mention his catalogue of injuries, but instead wrote: “This little boy is my world,”
“He is the reason I wake up every morning. And now that God took him to be with him my heart is broken and empty. I will never be the same. I ask myself repeatedly, “Why did this happen to me? Why did it have to be my precious little boy?'”
The post goes on to ask for prayers as well as donations for his funeral.
Another posting, which has now been removed, and published the day after her son was taken to a funeral home reads: “Coming to the realization that my son isn’t going to come back. I won’t hear his cries… But most of all, I won’t feel his grip on my arm when holding him up,” the post reads.
The post goes on to say the ‘funeral home is going to make Hadley beautiful.’
It is thought many friends responded to the appeal on January 30th – until four days later when police charged her with murder.
An autopsy showed the boy died from a separated spine, brain hemorrhaging, broken ribs, and lacerations in his mouth.
Medical staff fought for over an hour to keep the baby alive after he was taken to hospital by Miss Arnett and her boyfriend.
According to an arrest affidavit, Arnett admitted to investigators that her boyfriend was away when she “became frustrated and angry that she was left alone with the infant”.
She placed the child in his swing and admitted to slamming his face into the tray of the swing over the next few hours.
She also said she grabbed the baby around the rib cage and yanked him from the swing, causing his head to move in a back-and-forth motion without support.
She believed the back of his head hit the tray, according to the statement.
When Arnett’s boyfriend, who is not the boy’s biological father, returned home, the child was “acting abnormal.”
The arrest report said the infant had difficulty focusing, was sensitive to touch and had blood in his mouth.
Arnett, according to authorities, said she was afraid to tell her boyfriend what happened for fear of getting into trouble.
Arnett and her boyfriend eventually took the child to Citrus Memorial Hospital more than 12 hours after the injuries were allegedly inflicted.”
Below is a photo of a seemingly loving mother with her child. To her own admission, this mother beat her child to death because she was angry that she was left alone with him. She was probably angry that she was not out having fun with her man.
She then prolonged getting medical help for her gravely injured child in order to protect herself.
Photos of mothers smiling with their children never reveal how that mother truly feels inside about her child, nor does the photo show what she is capable of.