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Mom Gets 30 Years In Prison For Son's Murder
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 13, 2004

SEYMOUR, TEXAS--Melanie Rochelle Dickson was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to murdering her 10-year-old son who had autism, and then attempting to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors believed that Dickson, 34, slashed the throat, wrists, and Achilles tendons of Mitchell Dickson on June 4, 2002 in a Seymour hotel room, then staged an automobile accident to cover up the murder. She was found the next morning sitting in a ravine next to her Kia Rio. The boy's body was found beneath the wreckage.

Dickson had wounds similar to those found on her son. Investigators found razor blades smeared with blood near the vehicle and in Dickson's purse.

Family members said she had tried to commit suicide in the past.

Dickson, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, lost her bid to be declared mentally incompetent on March 24. Up to that point, she had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

In her plea agreement, Dickson waived all appeals. She will have to serve 15 years before authorities can consider her for parole.


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