A North Carolina woman was arrested for allegedly murdering her 12-month-old son.
Granite Falls resident Heather Ray Brewer, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of the child, WSOC-TV reported.
The arrest came shortly after police received a report of abuse with physical injuries on June 28. The child died the following day at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
Brewer was booked into Caldwell County Detention Center where she is being held on $1 million bail. She has been charged in the case and will appear in court on July 6.
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The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to issue a statement regarding the arrest:
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 25 year old Heather Ray Brewer, of 2177 G and A Lane in Granite Falls North Carolina. Mrs. Brewer is charged with Second Degree Murder involving the death of her 12 month old son. Investigators received a report of abuse with physical injuries on 6/28/2017 and the infant succumbed to the injuries at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC on 6/29/2017. Mrs. Brewer is currently being held in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $1,000,000.00 secure bond with a first appearance set for 7/6/2017.
No further information or details will be released at this time.
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Social media users were outraged by Brewer's alleged actions, with more than 100 posting comments.
"If you have a child and you cannot or do not want to take care of it ask for help!" wrote one Facebook user. "There are people that will help! I will take ANY child with no questions. Just please stop abusing and killing these babies! There is a WAY OUT!"
"I think anyone who beats a child to death should face the same," wrote another. "Sad to hear this child lost its chance in life due to the hands of her."
"This makes me sick !!!" another commenter wrote. "My heart hurts for that child. So helpless. .so innocent. ...No punishment will bring that baby back. Was there no one in the family who suspected this abuse?"
"I hope she gets the death penalty," another user commented. "No taxpayer would want to pay for her to live her life in prison after taking a young and innocent life."
"I as a parent can't understand how this could happen, how she could be so heartless," added another parent.
"This is my sister," wrote a woman claiming to be Brewer's sister on the police department's Facebook page. "When you first read it yes she sounds like a horrible person. There's a lot of the story not being told. Please stop with the mean comments until the investigation is complete and Justice is served."