Brittany ArnettWhen folks in the Inverness, Florida area jumped on Facebook recently, they found a plea from a mom they knew. Her 6-month-old son has died, and she needs donations to help pay for his funeral. Who wouldn't be moved by such a heartbreaking tale?
Brittany Arnett's friends were. That is until cops say Arnett confessed to murdering her 6-month-old son Hadley in a fit of anger.
Police say Arnett slammed the baby boy's face on the tray of his swing, yanked him from the swing, and then shook him. Then they say she put him to bed, even though she knew he was hurt. When he was finally taken to the hospital the next morning by Arnett and her boyfriend (who was not home during the alleged murder), the infant was dead.
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An autopsy of baby Hadley revealed brain hemorrhaging, separated spine, broken ribs, and lacerations within the infant's mouth.
And after all that, she had the audacity to beg her friends for money? And sympathy?
She got it for awhile. Friends were supportive up until Arnett's arrest on a first degree murder charge this week. Not surprisingly, they're singing a different tune now.
People are feeling betrayed by Arnett. They're angry.
Of course they're angry. This woman allegedly killed her own child in cold blood. Then, to add to her crimes, she played herself off as a victim. She abused people's good natures, trying to extract money from them even though a funeral home had donated its services.
Arnett's twisted tale is a horrendous reminder that you have to read between the lines of most sob stories, but it certainly drives it home. For every person who is truly down on their luck, there's a monster trying to take advantage of you.
Are you wary when people ask for donations?
Image via Citrus County Sheriff's Office