Mother charged with attempted murder of her son seeks visitation

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Staff reporter
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LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg woman who tried to suffocate her son four times this past year while he was in the hospital now wants a judge to let her spend time with him.

Maggie Clark Dixon, 32, will appear Tuesday in Mecklenburg Superior Court on one count of felony attempted first-degree murder after officials said she was seen on a hospital surveillance video trying to suffocate her 1-year-old son.

The child had been admitted to Carolinas Medical Center Levine Children’s Hospital in June 2017 after suffering from respiratory issues.

Hospital staff noticed abnormalities in the child’s vital signs. They looked at surveillance video and saw Dixon attempting to smother the child, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers said at the time of Dixon’s arrest.

The mother used her hands and later a pillow in an attempt to suffocate the baby four times within 15 minutes, according to the police report.

Dixon was released on bail in November and was ordered to have no contact with her son. She has since filed paperwork in Richmond County requesting supervised visitation with the boy.

A temporary custody hearing between Dixon and her son’s father is scheduled for Monday in Richmond County District Court. The two also are on Monday’s docket to have their divorce finalized.

The father’s family is against Dixon having visitation with the child.

“The video surveillance is proof enough of what she was doing and is capable of doing. No person that shows such deviance to hurt a child and attempt to murder her own son should ever be allowed to have contact with her children, much less visitation rights. She is a threat to her children based on this alone,” the family said in a statement.

The family also believes Dixon may have been abusing the couple’s older child, citing the child having “breathing issues when in her presence,” but were unable to comment on whether or not a no-contact order was in place for that child.

WSOC-TV in Charlotte reports that prosecutors have offered Dixon a plea deal in her attempted first-degree murder case.

At the time of her arrest, Dixon also was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, but that charge has since been dropped.

Amber Hatten-Staley can be at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]

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Custody hearing set for Monday in Richmond Co.

By Amber Hatten-Staley

Staff reporter