Woman Found Pushing Her Dead Son in a Playground Swing

A toddler was found dead on a playground swing in Charles County, Maryland, Friday morning with his mother still pushing him.

"A citizen called and said they'd noticed a woman pushing a child in a swing for an unusually long period of time," said Diane Richardson with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies went to Wills Memorial Park about 7 a.m., and as they got close they noticed the 3-year-old boy in the swing was lifeless. They cut the swing down to administer first aid to the child, but it was too late.

"They were able to get the child out of the swing, but there was really nothing they could do," Richardson said.

The boy was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The child's 24-year-old mother was taken to a hospital. No one in the neighborhood knew who she was or where she'd come from with the child.

The sheriff’s office knows the identity of the mother and child and is trying to find the father.

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