Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mom Charged with Killing Infant; Two Other Arrests Were Made in Separate Murder Cases Thursday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mom Charged with Killing Infant; Two Other Arrests Were Made in Separate Murder Cases Thursday

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Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER

A family friend of Alexandra Tobias said the Jacksonville mother was so protective of her infant son, she wouldn't even let him hold the boy.

If 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson developed a cough or other illness, Tobias wouldn't hesitate to take him to the doctor, said the friend, who identified himself as Jason Smith, 32. Whenever she took Dylan driving, Tobias made sure he was comfortable and safe.

So when he learned Thursday that Tobias, 21, had been charged with murder in the death of her only child, Smith said he couldn't believe the news.

Also, Tobias told police she shook the baby three times, including once when he began crying as she played a computer game, an arrest report said.

"That girl was so protective over that baby. There should be more investigation done. I just don't know if she just snapped or what," Smith told the Times-Union in a phone call to the family's home. He said the family was not available.

Police detailed the charge against Tobias along with arrests of two men in other murders - Wednesday's fatal stabbing of a Baldwin woman and the Dec. 30 fatal shooting of a man in Arlington.

In Tobias' case, paramedics were called to her Arlington home in the 1900 block of Kitty Street on Tuesday after she reported that Dylan was not breathing. He was taken to Wolfson's Children's Hospital in grave condition, with injuries to his head and a broken leg, the arrest report said.

He was pronounced dead Wednesday from what an autopsy found was "abusive head trauma," said Lt. Larry Schmitt of the Sheriff's Office homicide unit.

Tobias told police Tuesday she had been playing a game on the Web site Facebook when Dylan started crying, the report said. She said she shook the baby before calling 911 and his head "could have" hit the computer, the report said.

"I think what sparked her was ... the baby's crying," Schmitt said. "It was enough to apparently put her over the edge."

Tobias also told police after the first shake, she laid Dylan on a living-room couch and went to smoke a cigarette to "gain her composure," the report said. …

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