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North Carolina Mother Arrested for Allegedly Fatally Slamming 3-Year-Old Son; Surveillance Footage Key Evidence

A 37-year-old woman from North Carolina has been apprehended following allegations that surveillance footage captured her repeatedly slamming her young son to the ground.

Bel Air Police Department reported that on Sunday, December 3, at 5:25 a.m., an off-duty deputy from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office observed a woman standing in the street at 404 N. Main St., holding what appeared to be an unconscious infant child. The deputy promptly contacted the Bel Air Police, who swiftly responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers initiated lifesaving measures on the child, identified as 3-year-old Jason Garcia. Harford County paramedics transported Garcia to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 6 a.m.

Citing “significant evidence, including video evidence,” Bel Air Police arrested Garcia’s mother, Gloria Hughes, on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

WUSA-TV reported that Garcia’s father had contacted the Morgantown, North Carolina, Police on December 2, stating that his son and Hughes were en route to Maryland amidst a custody dispute. On the same day, Hughes and Garcia sought medical attention at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, as Garcia had ingested a form of acid. Both were discharged on Sunday morning around 12:15 a.m.

Subsequent surveillance footage reportedly depicted Hughes slamming her son on the sidewalk, and Garcia remained immobile for over an hour. Medical examinations at the hospital revealed a skull fracture and a substantial rash on his face.

Bel Air Police noted that investigators are still working to establish a motive in this tragic case.

Jake Massey
Jake Massey
Journalist at the Medialinker Group
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