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Hartsville mother pleads guilty in connection with 2013 murder of 21-month-old daughter

(WPDE)

South Carolina Circuit Judge Steven John sentenced April Dixon to 14 years in prison after she pleaded guilty on Thursday to accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the death of her 21-month-old daughter in 2013.

Madison Dolford was shot to death at a home on Bell Avenue on December 2, 2013.

Dixon and her boyfriend Timothy Sanders were charged with the child's murder days later.

Sanders pleaded guilty to murder last month and was sentenced to life in prison.

Dixon's charge was lowered to that of accessory one.

Fourth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond said the killing was premeditated and calculated.

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Redmond said there is surveillance video that shows what happened the moments before Madison was killed.

Investigators who worked the case said Madison would have brought joy to many people on this earth had she not been taken away so soon.

They said Dixon didn't comfort the child as she lay on the ground dying and showed no emotion when she was told her little girl didn't make it.

Attorneys Rick Jones and Henry "Hank" Anderson said their client suffers from a low IQ and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

They said Dixon's low IQ is one of the reasons why she made certain decisions in her life.

Judge John gave Dixon credit for the 1,291 days she's already served in prison.

Dixon has to serve about 85 percent of her sentence before she will be eligible for parole.

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