Vandalia Woman In Court For Causing Permanent Disability To Her Son

(VANDALIA, IL) — A 24-year-old Vandalia woman is due in Fayette County court today for a hearing on all pending motions in the 2016 case alleging she caused permanent disability to her infant son when she threw him to the floor. Aubree Hammer faces a Class X felony charge of aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13 causing great bodily harm of permanent disability. Court records say Hammer held her 3 ½ month-old son head high and threw him to a wooden floor causing the baby brain damage. Hammer has been advised by the court that delays in the case as she pursues her defense could take some time and if the child should pass away during that time period the state could increase the charges against her, which could have severe consequences. She currently faces between 6 and 30 years in prison if convicted of the charge against her. Despite that advisement and the explanation that her delays do not count against the speedy trial clock, Hammer indicated she wishes to proceed with the direction of her defense. A bona fide doubt had been raised as to Hammer’s mental fitness to stand trial, however, a mental fitness evaluation found her mentally fit. Hammer remains in the Fayette County jail where she has been held with bail set at $1 million since her February 2016 arrest.