Dix appeared emotionless as she entered the arraignment in Superior Court in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the waist and ankles.
Judge Raymond George read the charges against her and attorney Jeff Cox responded to each with,“Not guilty.”
According to the arrest report, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ms. Dix’s residence for a medical issue involving her son, Jalen, on Dec. 15, 2015. Upon arrival, the child was found to be unresponsive.
The child was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and later to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta where he died. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation performed an autopsy that determined the injury could not have been self-inflicted. However, it took more than a year before the results were ready to be presented to a Grand Jury.
Earlier this month, the Grand Jury returned an indictment that charged Dix with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the first degree.
Dix was arrested at her home on Skyline Drive and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center where she is being held without bond.
Sheriff Stacey Jarrard said that Dix admitted to being with the baby at the time of the incident that claimed the child’s life.