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Oxford woman charged in infant’s death released from jail

MILFORD — An Oxford woman charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of her infant son was released Friday after pleading not guilty and posting a $75,000 bond.

Rebecca Dixon, 35, declined to comment on the case — police said the baby was allegedly exposed to fentanyl, morphine and cocaine — as she left the courthouse just before 5 p.m.

Her lawyer, Tim Sullivan, also declined to comment.

In court, Sullivan told Judge Peter Brown that Dixon would check into an inpatient drug treatment program based in Kent Falls.

Rebecca J. Dixon, 35, of Blue Ridge Terrace in Oxford, Conn., was taken into custody on a warrant Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, that charged her with second-degree manslaughter in connection with an incident from earlier this year.

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As a condition of her release, Dixon had to sign a waiver allowing the program, High Watch Recovery, to send the court updates on her progress.

Sullivan said Dixon would be staying at the program at least 30 days, and longer if necessary.

Dixon was also ordered to have no contact with any minors.

Police said Dixon’s son was three weeks shy of his first birthday when he died in her Blue Ridge Terrace home July 6.

Just before 2 p.m. July 6, a woman called 911 to report a young boy wasn’t breathing, according to an arrest warrant.

Medics took the child to Griffin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Doctors said that the child showed “no signs of life” for about 70 minutes, according to the warrant.

Dixon’s mother told police she saw Dixon take the baby into her room that morning. She told police her daughter kept the baby in there for the “entire morning and afternoon,” the warrant said. Around 1 p.m., she heard her daughter call out and she ran upstairs.

The woman told police she saw the baby lying face up on the bed, apparently lifeless. Dixon and her mother started CPR and called 911, the warrant said.

Investigators found what they described as evidence of “recent narcotics use” in the home, including paraphernalia and empty packing in various areas, the warrant said.

During an Aug. 7 interview with investigators at Troop A in Southbury, Dixon allegedly told police she and her husband use heroin, according to the warrant.

On Sept. 9, About a month after Dixon’s interview with state police, James Gill, the state’s chief medical examiner, told investigators that he classified the manner of death as homicide, the warrant said.

Gill told investigators the cause was “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and morphine, with recent cocaine exposure,” according to the warrant

A blood sample, taken voluntarily from Dixon the night of the child’s death, contained more than six different substances, including fentanyl, morphine, cocaine and benzodiazapines, the warrant said.

She was arrested on Oct. 13.

Her next court date is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2021, but her lawyer and a prosecutor will have a videoconference to discuss the case with the Judge Dec. 10.

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