When thirty-two-year-old Maggie Dixon brought her 12-month-old son to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, medical staff originally thought the boy was suffering from pneumonia. However, nurses soon got to the bottom of his respiratory issues after viewing the hospital’s surveillance footage. They were absolutely shocked to see what Dixon did when she didn’t realize she was being filmed.
Nurses originally became suspicious after noticing abnormalities in the baby’s vital signs when he was left alone in the room with his mother. Shortly thereafter, their worst fears were confirmed. After viewing the facility’s surveillance footage, staff immediately called the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Investigators say when hospital workers reviewed surveillance video from the room, they saw Dixon try to suffocate the toddler four separate times within a span of 15 minutes using both her hands and a pillow. [Source: Daily Mail]
Adding to this already disturbing case is the fact that Dixon has a medical background. She didn’t work in just any field, either. The 32-year-old was a respiratory therapist.
“It’s always a concern to me, you know, when a former student or a former colleague or anybody has a charge against them,” said Bill Croft, the executive director of the North Carolina Respiratory Board, who taught at Sandhills Community College, where Dixon was one of his students.
“It is a charge, not a conviction, so I’m holding out hope that, one, they find out there’s not the issue that they charged her with and, if there is, then hopefully she gets help,” he added, according to WSOC-TV.
Croft’s hope seems a bit misplaced, seeing as there is surveillance footage of Dixon attempting to smother her child, not once, but four times. Nurses would not have alerted authorities had they not seen her troubling actions with their own eyes first, and it’s a good thing they acted when they did, or perhaps the baby would not be alive today.
The Department of Social Services will be assisting in the investigation into Dixon, who has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Anyone with additional information is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. When released from the hospital, the baby is expected to be released into the care of his father, who lives separately from Dixon.
The news is full of upsetting stories of abuse on a daily basis, but the reports involving small children are always the hardest to stomach. When a mother harms her own baby, it defies all basic human instinct. If Maggie Dixon would do something so alarming to her own son, there’s no telling what she might do to others without any remorse. She deserves to be locked up where she can no longer hurt any innocent victims.