By Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2020

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The late-November death of a Bellingham toddler has been ruled a homicide by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that 3-year-old Hazel Homan’s cause of death Nov. 30 was blunt force injury to the head.

The medical examiner’s office had previously not released a cause or manner pending an investigation, the Bellingham Herald reported.

Whatcom County Superior Court records say Hazel suffered a repeated pattern of abuse in the last six months of her life at the hands of 27-year-old Kamee Dixon. The toddler suffered broken bones, bruises and burns while being cared for by Dixon, court documents said.

Dixon, of Bellingham, was charged Dec. 9 with second-degree murder and homicide by abuse for Hazel’s death, according to court records. The homicide by abuse charge incorporates the alleged past alleged abuse.

Dixon pleaded not guilty to the charges Dec. 13. Dixon is currently incarcerated in the Whatcom County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

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