Dixon charged with murder, aggravated child abuse


According to a press release from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, a true bill from Putnam County Criminal Court Grand Jury was issued on Dec. 5, 2022, for 28-year-old Justin Dixon. (A true bill is a bill of indictment found by a grand jury to be supported by sufficient evidence to justify the hearing of a case.) Dixon is charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated child abuse.

On Dec. 6, 2022, Dixon was arrested in Hamilton County on the charges listed. Dixon is scheduled to be in court, on Jan. 23, 2023. He is being held without bond.

According to the press release, Detective Sgt. Brian Haworth responded to a call on May 4, 2022, at the Copeland residence, on Dodson Branch Highway, about 2-year-old Atlas Copeland who was reportedly found unconscious when deputies arrived. Atlas Copeland was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital to the Care Team Unit but died the next morning from injuries suffered from blunt force trauma.

Justin Dixon was reportedly the boyfriend of Scie Copeland, the mother of Atlas. Dixon was reportedly the caregiver/babysitter of Atlas while the mother was at work, on May 4.


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