An Army spouse, April Evalyn Short, has been charged with murder with an aggravating circumstance that the crime occurred during an act of child abuse at Fort Eisenhower.
Short, 30, is accused of cutting the 11-month-old boy’s neck with a knife on Wednesday morning. The baby was rushed to Eisenhower Army Medical Center but succumbed to his injuries.
Short’s husband, Staff Sgt. James Short, learned something was wrong after receiving a text message from his wife stating that God said “the days of darkness are upon us” and they would “be together again.”
Short tried to contact his wife but was unsuccessful. Short’s husband called 911 and found his wife barricaded in the master bedroom. Short then went into the master bedroom to look for the baby, but was found wrapped in plastic and bleeding from the neck.
The baby was pronounced dead at 9:34 a.m. Short has appeared for an initial hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps and has not yet entered a plea.