Burchett's husband Greg showed up after work that night and discovered his 17-month-old son was dead. He said his wife was in a traumatic state. He called police.
Police arrived and within hours his wife was arrested, taken to jail, and charged with murder.
Greg Burchett spoke to Eyewitness News the day after: "I've always been extremely supportive of my wife, I don't know what took place, the facts are out, but I don't understand the rationale, and until that comes out and the evidence is there, I won't understand what happened I've lost my son," he said.
Greg Burchett did not show up at his wife's court appearance Thursday.
Off-camera, the defendant's aunt and uncle said that Lori was bipolar, and might have just snapped. It may have been a problem with medication she was taking, but they say she would never have meant for anything like this to happen.
Investigators say the 17-month-old boy suffered blunt-force trauma on the head, and a puncture wound on the abdomen.
The district attorney says it's not a death penalty case. If convicted, Lori Burchett could be sentenced 25 years to life.
"I think they're very serious charges as they'll tell you, and it's a serious case and that's evident based on the charges on the nature of the age of the victim," said /*Riverside County*/ Deputy District Attorney Abbie Marsh.
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