FAYETTE COUNTY — A 23-year-old Vandalia woman was arrested Friday in Granite City on an outstanding Fayette County arrest warrant alleging she battered her 3 1/2 month old son causing him permanent disability.

Aubree Hammer (Source: VPD)
Aubree Hammer
(Source: VPD)

Aubree L. Hammer was arrested by Granite City police and transported to the Fayette County Jail with bail set at $1 million. On February 25, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison had a warrant issued for Hemmer’s arrest on a Class X felony charge of aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13 causing great bodily harm of permanent disability.

According to the warrant, Hammer knowingly caused great bodily harm and permanent disability to a child under the age of 13, in that she held the child head high and threw him to a wooden floor causing the baby brain damage.

The Vandalia Police Department responded February 18, to the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia in reference to possible child abuse.

The child in question is 3 ½ months old. The child was transported to the Fayette County Hospital for treatment and was later transported to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment of bleeding on the brain. Due to the seriousness of the injuries to the child Vandalia police activated the Illinois Child Death Task Force to help investigate the matter.

Hammer remains in the Fayette County Jail. It is anticipated she will be formally arraigned on the charges against her on Monday in Fayette County Court.