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A 22-year-old woman from East Nashville has been charged with one count of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated child abuse, Metro police said.
Alexis Bagwell was taken into custody at her Chapel Avenue home Monday after an investigation led by Youth Services Detective Chris Bowden.
The investigation looked into reports that she harmed her 5-month-old son, Josiah Bagwell, who is now healthy and in foster care, according to authorities.
The investigation reported that Bagwell’s actions led to the unsuccessful smothering of her baby, police said.
Suspicions about Bagwell first arose in late January when staff at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital noticed strange behavior from the mother when she brought her son to the facility with reports of a seizure, according to information from officials.
On Jan. 26 and 27, medical staffers came to the child’s room due to issues occuring while he was alone with Bagwell. In one case, the baby had stopped breathing. In the other case, Bagwell had called nurses over for the same issue, although it became apparent that her claim was not true.
Bagwell is being held in place of a $100,000 bond. She will appear before Criminal Court soon.
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