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State drops charges in infant death

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

She walked into court facing years in prison for the death of her son, but walks out with her freedom and a smile.

In a courtroom shocker, Hillsborough state prosecutors dropped charges against Anjenette Lopez, just as her trial was set to begin.

Assistant state prosecutor Aaron Hubbard say her 1-year-old son Jayden was killed, but they don't have evidence to prove who did it.

They said the mother and her boyfriend pointed the finger at each other.

"Mr. Pinto said Ms. Lopez had the child, she said Mr. Pinto had the child. The state was not able to find other evidence or witnesses to see who had this child, who was alone with this child when the child was killed," Hubbard said.

Last week, the mother's boyfriend pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child neglect. He got five years in prison.

With time served, he will spend about three and a half years locked up.

Attorney Anthony Rickman say the state brought in top medical experts to analyze the case and determined their findings did not match the prosecution's theory.

"In a criminal case, it's not what you think happened, it's what the evidence shows and what you can prove in a court of law," Rickman said.

And all they can prove right now is that Jayden was killed -- and the extent of his injuries show it was a violent, brutal death.

"It's a very sad situation. No matter what happens, you can't bring that child back," Rickman said.

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