A Fayette County woman charged with aggravated battery of her, at that time, 3 ½ month old child in February unexpectedly appeared in court on Wednesday. 23-year old Aubree Hammer of Vandalia was set to appear in Fayette County Court tomorrow, Friday, March 18 at 11am, for a preliminary hearing and her first appearance with counsel. After Hammer was originally appointed attorney Jeff DeLong as her public defender, DeLong was allowed to withdraw as counsel and Conflict Public Defender Ryan Connor was then appointed as counsel. On Thursday, March 10, the court vacated Connor’s appointment due to a conflict and Attorney Walter Lookofsky was appointed. Hammer was set for a first appearance with Attorney Lookofsky Friday morning on the charge of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 following the hospitalization of her baby in February. However, Lookofsky was in Fayette County Court on Wednesday for proceedings with another client and it was asked Wednesday morning for the hearing to be held yesterday instead and Hammer, who currently remains in the Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond, was brought to court for the hearing. At the hearing, Hammer waved her right to a prompt preliminary hearing and Lookofsky also announced his intent to file a motion for a fitness evaluation. Hammer will now make her next appearance in Fayette County Court on March 31 at 10am for a status hearing.