Mom Indicted For Murder Of Baby Son

A Pitt County grand jury has indicted a mother for the death of her son.

Sandy Etheridge was indicted for first degree murder in the death of Dakota Etheridge. The infant died last Monday after being taken off life support at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Etheridge was served with the murder indictment Tuesday which is the woman's 28th birthday.

The baby was just 10 weeks old when he was hospitalized back in March. Deputies say his mother shook Dakota so violently that he suffered brain injuries.

At the time Etheridge was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Authorities say Etheridge has four other children that have been taken away by the Department of Social Services.

She remains in jail with no bond.


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  • by lily on Jan 14, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    my name is lily also katie but i love her daughter and her wholle family but she shouldnt done that and i was mad so ignore my other comments
  • by katie Location: nc on Nov 15, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    SHE IS A PIECE OF CRAP AND U ALL KNOW IT
  • by katie on Nov 12, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    my name is katie what sandy did was horrible and i can believe that she did it how can she do that knowing that she is putting her other daughters and sons in foster care or with other family they dont know i know her children i was in the same care as one of them and i hate her for what she did to her daughter she should be ashamed i am only 15 and i know that
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    maybe it is a lesson to the judge to listen and get off his high horse
  • by kate on Jun 18, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    As I have stated Sandy did not do this terrible crime.And as a matter of fact I have known her for a very long time before she ever had kid's and kept everyone else's that she baby sit.so please do not judge someone you do not know.And anyone that knows her and believes this was never a true friend to began with.I have two children as well she was awesome around mine.And she and her children stayed with me a few year's back and I never even heard her yell at them.She even prayed with them at night I heard her myself.She has a beautiful heart it's a shame no one can see this but her family and Me.Do not think for one moment that Sandy is not suffering because someone killed her child.I just pray the truth will prevail before it is to late.
  • by concern citizen on Jun 18, 2010 at 03:33 AM
    its time to stop all the hurting she has been though enough we do not think she did this horrible thing she loved her kids ,she did not have a home for them thats why they were taken away not for abuse thats why dss had them. this case needs to be looked into somemore they just stop when they had her , when i here other people were there in that home , where are they have they been investigated also , are did they just stop with the mother. unanswered question;
  • by kate on Jun 17, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    Friend I agree with you 100 percent Sandy did not do this crime.For I've known her for years.She was wonderful with her last child.Everyone that knew her was impressed how great she had inproved her parenting skills after she had Dakota of course she lost 4 of the other children but has anyone not made a mistake in there life up here.I believe she learn't from loosing them and was tring hard to be a good mother to her latest son.That is just my opinion.So please people have a heart and just think for a moment what if she is innocent.Do you think she should still pay for this crime or the real person responsible. This young woman has a family. what if it was your Mom your sister your friend then how would you feel if you felt she was framed from the beginning.Should she realy get life or die because she lost her other 4 children is society that cruel.A friend of Sandy's
  • by motheroftwo on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    O. Ok so you are talking like you know what really happen as if you were really there or have inside information on the situation. This baby lost his life because someone (mother is being held accountable) shook him to death. If you have known this lady all her life and know she wouldn't hurt her babies than what really happen. Well if you could've helped why didn't you. I know I am not here to judge but the nerve of some people you can't help but say something. She should've just walked away and came back to check on the baby every once in a while until her nerves were calm or just called someone to relieve her for a while. Hell, if she had problems with her other children why did she have another there are options. Well I have said what I had to say whether anyone likes it. She needs to be shaken to death just like that precious baby.
  • by Friend Location: North Catolina on Jun 17, 2010 at 04:02 AM
    You people think you know Sandy. I've known her all her my life and she never hurt any of other children. How can you judge her when other people was in the home. If it was your child how would you feel people saying this. When it could of happen by someone else that live there. Her other children were taken away because she had no stable home for them to live not for abuse! She loves all her children and the only one that should be judging should be God not you all. You all obvious don't have anything better going on in your life then to sit here and judge her. Get a life!
  • by Hannah on Jun 16, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    Lisa-- Yes, her other children were taken from her before this happend... On what reason, I do not know. I do believe DSS tried to fight letting her have this child but the judge decided to give her another chance...and then this happend. Go figure. Its a shame!
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