Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in a swing

Posted: Updated:

LA PLATA, Md. (AP) -- The Charles County Sheriff's Office says a woman was found in a La Plata park pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a swing.

Spokeswoman Diane Richardson said in a news release that deputies received a call shortly before 7 a.m. Friday that a woman had been pushing a child on a swing in Wills Memorial Park for a long time. Richardson said the woman and child may have been in the park since Thursday.

Officers who arrived at the park saw right away that the toddler was dead in the swing, Richardson said. She said the boy's body showed no signs of trauma.

The child's body was taken Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Richardson says the mother was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.