Mother of three arrested for killing her infant son so he could ‘be with Jesus and God’

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: A Georgia mother of three was arrested last week after she reportedly killed her infant son so he could “be with Jesus and God.” April Evelyn Short, 30, wife of a US Army Staff Sergeant, was taken into custody on Wednesday, November 15th.

She has since been charged with one count of aggravated murder for allegedly committing an act of child abuse in the killing of the little boy, whose name has not been released by authorities for obvious reasons.

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April Short’s husband received a message that ’caused him anxiety’

According to Newsweek, on the day of the crime, Short sent her husband a text message around 8 a.m. that “caused him to worry” about the well-being of their youngest child. The messages mentioned that God told Short that “days of darkness are coming” and that “we [she and her husband] “We would be together again.”

The husband was reportedly on duty at the Fort Eisenhower Army installation, which is about 10 miles west of Augusta, Georgia, when he received the messages and immediately went home. Upon arrival, the husband said Short had barricaded herself in the master bedroom of their home with her three children, prompting her husband to call police. The couple’s two oldest children are 11 and 6 years old.

April Short tried to flee the scene

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When police arrived at 9:05 a.m., Short emerged from a barricaded room with her two older children and then attempted to flee the scene in her car, but stopped in the street in front of her home when an officer, who was “partially in the car,” pulled out his gun on her.

Short’s husband immediately returned to the master bedroom when he realized their youngest child was not with Short and the children and “screamed.” Police followed and found the baby in the master bedroom bathroom “wrapped in plastic with visible wounds and bleeding from the neck.”

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The victim was taken to the Army Medical Center where he was tragically pronounced dead at around 9:34 a.m.

What did April Short’s six-year-old child tell investigators?

A six-year-old girl told investigators that her mother “took two knives” and was “going to help get [the victim] God and Jesus.” The girl said her mother also told her: “Don’t go to the bathroom because it could be very scary,” before going into the bathroom with the victim and two knives.

When Short returned, she told the children she had “cut up” the baby so he “could be with Jesus and God,” according to the affidavit. She also allegedly threatened to “stab” the six-year-old girl “if she didn’t stop crying.”

April Short admitted that she killed her child

Short also allegedly admitted to killing the victim during an interview with investigators.

“During the interview, Short provided details regarding how he barricaded the door of the main bedroom in the house by turning [the victim] in the shower curtain, in the bathtub, in the bathroom connected to the master bedroom, and tried to cut himself with a knife. [the victim’s] neck,” the affidavit states.

“Short stated that the first knife didn’t work because it was dull, so Short used a second knife to cut [the victim’s] neck.” Police said Short later admitted she knew her actions were “wrong” and “evil.”

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