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Mother tried to suffocate 1-year-old son in Charlotte hospital

Mother tried to suffocate 1-year-old son in Charlotte hospital

A Laurinburg woman has been charged with attempting to murder her 1-year-old son after she was allegedly caught on surveillance video trying suffocate the boy at Levine Children's Hospital, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report. She remained in jail Monday and it wasn't known if she had a lawyer.

Police say Dixon had been along with her son and hospital staff was alerted in abnormalities and fluctuations in the baby's breathing patterns.

Maggie Dixon, 32, of Charlotte, is set to appear in court on Tuesday facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, WCNC reports. Police said the staff checked on the infant and reviewed surveillance video.

The 32-year-old suspect was immediately removed from the room and taken in for questioning by police. In the event the mother made bond, the judge also ordered the woman away from her son.




Dixon's neighbors in Rockingham told NBC Charlotte that the mother had been struggling for sometime with what they believe is postpartum depression.

Prior to Saturday's incident, police say there were no apparent signs that the boy had been subjected to abuse at home.

She worked in the field from 2008 to 2011, but her license has expired. The Division of Social Providers will be helping with the investigation.


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