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Citrus County deputies arrest Brittany Arnett in death of her infant son

10:10 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Lecanto, Florida -- Citrus County deputies arrested a Inverness mother Monday afternoon in the death of her 6-month-old son.

The sheriff's office says Brittany Arnett and her boyfriend brought Hadley Arnett to Citrus Memorial Hospital the morning of Jan. 28. When Hadley arrived, officials say he was neither responsive nor breathing. Medical staff tried for over an hour to revive him, but were unsuccessful.

An autopsy on Hadley was performed after staff noticed bruising on the left side of his torso and a bite mark on the left thigh. The results showed the infant's injuries included brain hemorrhaging, a separated spine, broken ribs, and cuts inside his mouth.

When detectives interviewed Arnett, she told them she was taking care of Hadley and admitted she got frustrated and angry she was left alone with him while her boyfriend was out and, around noon, put him in his swing.

Then she said, over the next couple of hours, she admitted she slammed his face into the tray of the swing and then grabbed him around the rib cage and yanked him from the swing with such force his head bobbed back and forth without support and hit the swing.

According to the arrest report, she told detectives she knew he was injured but was afraid to tell her boyfriend or get medical help because she was afraid of getting into trouble. Instead, she put Hadley to bed around 10 p.m. and said she last heard him breathing around 5:30 the next morning. 

It was when her boyfriend got home and reportedly noticed the infant was acting strange and had blood in his mouth that they went to the hospital.

Arnett, 20, was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

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