Prosecutors: Md. mother gets pregnant after beating her 2-month-old child to death

Rebecca Briones (Montgomery County Police)

A woman accused of beating her infant daughter to death is currently seven months pregnant, prosecutors revealed in court Friday.

Rebecca Briones, 31, of Rockville, is currently facing felony charges of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse.

At her bond review Friday afternoon, prosecutors explained Briones vigorously shook her two-month-old daughter and banged her head against a bed in February. The violent episode occurred in the apartment Briones shares with her husband along the 200 block of North Adams Street in Rockville.

When 911 was called, the little girl had trauma to her brain and neck, four fractured ribs and a number of broken bones in her legs. Paramedics initially transported the child to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, but later air-lifted her to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She died in the hospital three days later.

"This was no gentle jostling," prosecutors stated in court. "Babies do not break in this way unless significant force is brought upon them."

Prosecutors also drew attention to the fact Briones is currently seven-months pregnant. In other words, she conceived in late spring, only a matter of months after allegedly killing a child she wasn't fit to care for. Prosecutors labeled the 31-year-old as a "dangerous person."

The public defender's office, however, argued Briones has no prior criminal record, has been gainfully employed at a local car dealership for years and cooperated with investigators.

However, citing the severity of the allegations, Montgomery County District Court Judge John Moffett ordered Briones be held without bond. If nothing changes, the 31-year-old will likely give birth to her unborn child while in custody. Briones faces decades in prison. Her husband has not been charged.

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