Mother Shakes Her Baby To Death, Because It Cried While She Was Playing FarmVille on Facebook

A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website.

Tobias entered her plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei said Tobias’ sentence could be less because of state guidelines that call for 25 to 50 years. Soud offered no promises on what he’ll order during a sentencing hearing scheduled for December.

Outside the courtroom, Mantei said Tobias’ plea will help avoid the family reliving the tragedy during a jury trial.

Tobias told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again. She said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking.

Posted: October 27, 2010 – 11:13am

Source: Jacksonville

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1 thought on “Mother Shakes Her Baby To Death, Because It Cried While She Was Playing FarmVille on Facebook

  1. It’s a rare parent who can honestly claim that they’ve never felt angry at their baby. I know I certainly did on occasion. But allowing a natural emotion to cross over to violence towards your baby? There’s nothing natural about that at all, quite the reverse. Your baby’s welfare should come before all else and the very thought of them coming to any harm, let alone at your own hands, should make you feel physically sick.

    And it’s too easy to just blame FarmVille. I’ve never seen any childrens charities campaigning against computer games and I wouldn’t support one that did. It could so easily have been a TV program or a phone call that was commanding Alexandra Tobias’s attention. It could have been anything.

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