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A Florida judge took the unusual step last week of acquitting a mother who fights with the accusation that they are brutally beaten and in the hospital, her 10-month-old daughter, according to a report that cited audio of the trial.
April Fox, 34, was charged with aggravated child abuse after her daughter’s wound in the hospital in 2015, with a fractured skull and swelling in the brain, The Miami Herald reported. X-rays also indicated that the child is in the arms and legs had suffered fractures in the past, the report said.
A Florida judge last acquitting April Fox of child abuse charges.
Florida child welfare authorities stripped Fox of the parental rights. Fox’s lawyer, the debt of the child’s injuries and brittle bones, genetic disorders, and an unfortunate fall. Members of the jury, not to a verdict and declared a mistrial.
But rather than allow a second trial, a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mark Blumstein took the rare step of acquitting Fox itself, saying, “[S]omeone above all human in the court will have to answer those questions.”
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“But in the light of what I’ve heard, and after hearing the presentation of the state, I don’t think it’s going to change with a new investigation of this case,” he said.
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The Herald reported that Fox and its lawyers were visibly shocked and Fox began hyperventilating in the court. Fox can’t get her children back because the State Attorney’s Office cannot appeal to a court acquittal, the report said.