A 22-year-old woman charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder and faces 25 to 50 years in prison.
Alexandra Tobias was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and murder after her 3-month-old son, Dylan Lee Edmondson, died in January. Prosecutors said Tobias admitted to becoming angry because the baby would not stop crying while she was playing Farmville on Facebook.
"He's only 14 weeks old; he's not breathing," Alexandra Tobias frantically told a 911 operator.
Shortly after that 911 call was made, Tobias told investigators a dog knocked her child off a couch, he hit his head and he stopped breathing. Court documents show that Tobias later admitted to shaking her baby violently because the 3-month-old would not stop crying while she was playing a game on Facebook.
Prosecutors said they also have a statement from a cellmate who said Tobias confessed to her.
"I asked her 'What you here for?' and she said, 'Murder,'" inmate Lois Hay said. "I said, 'Murder? Who who did you murder?' She said, 'I my murdered my baby, my own baby.' And I was, like, 'Why did you do that?' She said she shook her baby and during the shaking of the baby, the baby hit his head on the computer."
In recorded telephone calls Tobias made to family members, she said the recent death of her mother affected her psychological state, and it may have been a contributing factors to her aggression on the night of her son's death.
"Ever since I found my mother dead, I just haven't been the same," Tobias said.