Mother charged in death of Fairbanks toddler

FAIRBANKS — A 24-year-old Fairbanks woman has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her 18-month-old son.

Alaska State Troopers say Amberlynn A. Swanson was charged Tuesday in the death of Julian Swanson-Byrd.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports an autopsy Tuesday concluded the boy suffered “blunt force trauma” and that the death was a homicide.

Swanson late Sunday night appeared at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with the boy’s body.

She said she fell asleep and awoke to find the boy Friday outside her vehicle. She said the passenger-side window of her vehicle had been rolled down.

Swanson said her son died Saturday but officials concluded at the hospital that he had been dead for some time.

 

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