Mary Weaver provides loving childcare for 11-month old Melissa, but when Melissa dies suddenly and mysteriously, Mary is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment. She is considered guilty until proven innocent and has to fight to clear her name.
Steve Brennecke, her lawyer and personal friend, is convinced of her innocence and works hard to defend her. When the unthinkable happens, what will become of Mary’s family and young children? Can Steve redeem the biggest failure of his career? Can their faith sustain them when everything goes wrong? Where is God when justice fails and the innocent suffer?
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About the Author
Steve Brennecke is an Iowa native. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1983, and from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986. After Mary's case was closed Steve and Kim devoted themselves to ministry, serving overseas in a missionary endeavor with Baptist Mid-Missions. Today, Steve serves as the Field Administrator for BMM. Steve, Kim and their children live in Ohio.
Deb and Steve worked closely with Mary to craft this personal account of Mary's story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Edges of Truth: The Mary Weaver Story by Deb Brammer is the moving story of a woman who is accused of murder. Melissa Mathes is eleven months old and she dies while under the care of Mary Weaver, the caregiver. The autopsy reveals how the baby had internal bleeding inside the skull, due to a week-old fracture. The blame falls on Mary for shaking and slamming the baby. A group of doctors believe that the child died of abuse and others believe the evidence did not point towards Mary. Steve Benneck, a lawyer and Mary's friend, steps in to fight her case. The murder conviction and the fight to prove that she is innocent make it a heart-warming story. The story is believable and it brings into the spotlight the risks faced by caregivers. The story is frightening. This is a story that can instill fear in the mind of all caregivers because it is something that can happen to any one of us. Her friend Steve, who is convinced that Mary is innocent, fights her case which stretches over four years. The murder trial, the assumptions and the testimonies of the people make the book exciting as well as intriguing. The book takes you through painful moments, sorrow, joy and many other emotions. Mary's faith in God and her belief that God's presence and grace is available to everyone is also part of the story and gives it a feeling of hope and healing.