Dixon was reportedly the primary caregiver for the victim, Hazel Homan, and she was in a relationship with the toddler’s biological father, Brandon Homan.
During the trial, Dixon’s defense attorneys, Emily Beschen and Douglas Hyldahl, reportedly claimed that Hazel accidentally choked on a breakfast sandwich, and the child died due to the lack of oxygen to her brain.
According to the Bellingham Herald, the prosecution argued that Hazel suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by Dixon repeatedly hitting her. Hazel allegedly suffered regular abuse at the hands of Dixon for around five months before the toddler’s death.
In a statement, the Prosecutor’s Office wrote, "We are obviously saddened by this case, but thank all of those who keep the victim’s memory alive. In remembrance, we would ask the community to be vigilant and to immediately report suspected abuse of children."