Police have arrested Maggie Dixon, 32, and accused her of trying to suffocate her 1-year-old son, WSOC has reported.
Authorities have stated that the North Carolina resident attempted to smother the child with her hand and with a pillow, allegedly attempting murder a total of four times within 15 minutes.
Employees at Levine Children’s Hospital were alerted to the alleged attempts at infanticide when a monitor indicated there were irregularities with the baby’s vital signs, specifically fluctuations in his breathing. Dixon was alone with her son at the time, according to The Charlotte Observer. On-duty nurses told police that they actually saw Dixon on the surveillance camera, attempting to smother her son to death.
“Hospital staff checked on the infant and then observed Dixon on video surveillance attempting to suffocate the infant,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detailed. “Dixon was immediately removed from the room by hospital staff.”
Police said the 32-year-old agreed to be interviewed by detectives upon her removal. They also thanked the quick-thinking nurses, who have been credited for saving the 1-year-old’s life.
Authorities have indicated that the child was brought in to the hospital to be treated for a respiratory condition. Investigators also noted that the infant did not seem to have any signs of prior abuse.
The 1-year-old remains in the hospital with family members but is expected to survive. The child will likely be turned over to his father after he is released from the hospital. The couple is separated.
Dixon was charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. She is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail as of Monday evening.
Her first court date is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
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