Lowcountry mom seeks answers 8 years after son's death
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - Eight years after being charged, a Lowcountry murder suspect still has no court date.
"We just feel like it’s being swept under the rug," said Amber Bracci.
She was the mother of 16-month-old Rowan Bracci, who died in Ridgeville in 2011. Doctors say the toddler's injuries suggested "abuse or trauma."
Bracci and her then-boyfriend, John Weaver, were both charged with the boy's murder via homicide by child abuse.
A jury found Bracci not guilty during her 2015 trial, but a judge has still not tried her former boyfriend's case.
"I was under the impression he was going to trial in 2015," Bracci said. "It's just very frustrating and upsetting for me and my family."
Officials with the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office in Beaufort County confirmed attorneys moved the murder case from Dorchester to Beaufort County for an unspecified conflict. The case is still pending and under review, the solicitor's office says.
Officials with the Dorchester County Clerk of Court confirmed a gag order had been placed on court documents related to the investigation and trial for Weaver.
"I've made phone calls to the Dorchester County Solicitor's Office and Beaufort County Solicitor's Office," Bracci said. "The times we’ve tried to reach out and ask questions, we get the runaround, and we're we’d get a call back. We never get a call back."
"I want answers," Bracci added when asked what she hopes to get out of her former boyfriend's case.
"I want the evidence they have to be brought forth, and I want him to have to answer to what he did to my son."
We reached out to the office of attorney Andy Savage for comment, and did not get a response.
Savage at one time represented the defendant in Rowan Bracci's murder case.