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Woman Tried to Suffocate Infant at NC Hospital, Police Say

20 June 2017, 05:30 | Marion Schneider

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Maggie Dixon SOURCE Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Maggie Dixon

A woman is accused of trying to suffocate her 1-year-old son at Levine's Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to the hospital on Sunday in reference to an abused child.

Maggie Dixon faces attempted first-degree murder and child abuse charges. WSOCreports, the child was in the hospital for a respiratory condition. She is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail as of Monday evening.

WBTV reported that at around 11.25pm Saturday, medical staff summoned police after noticing "abnormalities" in the young patient's vital signs, including fluctuations in his breathing and oxygen levels, whenever his mother was alone with him in the room. Police sources told Channel 9 that Dixon tried to smother the child four times within 15 minutes.

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"Hospital staff checked on the infant and then observed Dixon on video surveillance attempting to suffocate the infant", said a police statement. The one-year-old remains in the hospital with other family members.

The Department of Social Services is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the case or Dixon is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.



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