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Mom Who Killed Baby over Farmville Sentenced to 50 Years

Alexandra Tobias - booking photo

Last October, I blogged about Alexandra Tobias, the Florida woman who shook her 4-month-old baby to death after his crying interrupted her game of Farmville. She plead guilty to second-degree murder in October, and her sentencing was earlier this week.

Tobias argued that she was suffering from postpartum depression, but circuit judge Adrian G. Soud had no pity for the young mother. He gave her the maximum penalty for second-degree murder. She will be spending the next 50 years in prison.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the judge said: “He who is the most defenseless among us was murdered by his own mommy. And why? Because he was crying during a game of Fishville or Farmville or whatever was going on during Facebooking time that day.”

During the course of this trial, it was reveled that Alexandra Tobias has taken the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax (without a prescription) on the day of her baby’s death. A psychologist testified at the sentencing that Xanaz can exaggerate mood swings in depressed individuals.

Weeks before the baby’s death, both Tobias and the baby’s dad, E.J. Edmondson had been arrested for domestic violence. Apparently, they were both very angry individuals. And interestingly, a month before she shook her son to death, she had joined a Facebook advocacy group against baby-shaking.

Read the sad tale on the Florida Times-Union’s website: Jacksonville mom who killed baby while playing Farmville gets 50 years.

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Dimitra dim April 7, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Why do these people even want to have babies? This is so sad. It makes me angry. People should be checked by a psychiatrist before they have a baby.

  • Hanna Kubeczka February 3, 2011, 3:21 pm

    I have such a hard time reading stories like this. I get physically sick to my stomach. While I feel so sad for this child you have to take comfort in knowing the baby is in a much better place now in Heaven and away from these monsters. It just makes me want to hug up my children and never let them go.

    • DP February 3, 2011, 6:02 pm

      I know, it’s just so sad. At least she’ll have a long time to think about how careless she was.. her poor baby

  • Carolina February 3, 2011, 6:19 am

    How disgusting! I really can’t understand why or how someone can be SO addicted to something that they kill and innocent child over it! Poor baby!

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