Mom gets prison for causing infant son's brain damage by throwing him on wood floor

Aubree Hammer
Aubree Hammer

A Vandalia mother will spend almost 30 years in prison for throwing her infant son onto a wooden floor and causing brain damage.

Aubree Hammer, 25, was sentenced Thursday in Fayette County to 27 years in prison for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm or permanent disability.

Vandalia Police responded to a call from a medical facility Feb. 18, 2016, and the Illinois Child Death Task Force was activated to help with the investigation, even though the baby was still alive, according to the Effingham Daily News. The baby had serious injuries.

Hammer was charged Feb. 25, and was not allowed to have contact with her 3-month-old son, according to online court records. She pleaded guilty in October 2017, after she was found fit to stand trial by the court.

On April 2 Fayette County authorities issued a statement from the child's grandmother and guardian, Dana Andrews:

It’s been a long time coming but well worth the wait. I know the Judge gave her as much time as he could. I’m pleased with the sentence but I still think she deserves a life sentence, she gave him one. I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. With a special thank you to Joshua Morrison and Kira Palmer for their patience and compassion. I know how hard it was for Deidra Langston to testify, Everett holds a special place in her heart. She did great and really gave a good visual of when she discovered his injuries. I think her testimony weighed heavy on everyone. It was very hard to listen to but it was definitely necessary. Most of all I’d like to thank Judge Sheafor. I feel DCFS failed these children but Judge Sheafor didn’t.