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Police: Mother tried to suffocate 1-year-old son in hospital

(Photo: Charlotte Police Dept.)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSET) -- Police say a mother of a 1-year old boy tried to suffocate her son in his room at a North Carolina hospital.

The mother took her son to the hospital originally because she thought he had pneumonia, but instead doctors said he just had a respiratory issue, according to WSOC.

But later, authorities say nurses at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte were watching their monitors Sunday and noticed the boy had trouble breathing when 32-year-old Maggie Dixon was alone with him.

Police say hospital workers saw Dixon try to suffocate the boy when they watched surveillance video of the room, and credit their quick-thinking to saving the boy's life.

Dixon has been charged with attempted murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

The Department of Social Services has decided that the child will be turned over to his father once he is released from the hospital, WSOC reported, who is separated from Dixon.

Hospital staff said the child was not seriously harmed and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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