Alexander County 911 received a call May 24th from a mother indicating her child was unresponsive.
911 staff assisted the mother with instruction on how to administer CPR. When Alexander EMS and Rescue arrived they pronounced the 4 day old male infant dead on the scene.
Following an autopsy the mother, 22 year old Aishia Marie Pacheco was charged with a count of 2nd degree murder. Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said that evidence compelled his office to file the charges. According to the Sheriffs Office Pacheco admitted she “smothered the infant by holding it to her chest”. She told investigators the child would not stop crying. Pacheco is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 bond.
Pacheco made her first court appearance in Taylorsville on May 25th before Judge Ed Hedrick IV. She asked for and was granted Joel Harbinson as her court appointed attorney. According the Alexander County Clerk of Courts Office she had a court appearance set for July5th.