A North Carolina single mother was arrested on charges that she tried to smother her one-year-old boy with a pillow while he was being treated at a hospital, WSOC-TV reported.
Maggie Dixon, 32, brought her son to the hospital on Saturday and reportedly told doctors that she thought her son had pneumonia, but nurses noticed while monitoring his vital signs that the boy particularly had trouble breathing when Dixon was alone with him, the Associated Press reports.
When hospital workers watched surveillance video of the room, they allegedly saw Dixon try to suffocate her baby with a pillow.
She tried to smother her baby four times within fifteen minutes, police told WSOC-TV.
Prior to the child’s hospital visit, there was no sign that he had been abused, police said. He is currently at the hospital with other family members, and will be turned over to his father once he is released, WSOC-TV reported.
A newly released report from WSOC-TV claims Dixon has a background in respiratory therapy and worked in the field for four years until her license expired in 2011.
Dixon and the boy’s father are reportedly separated. She is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
Dixon will be in court for a first appearance Tuesday.
[Image: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office]