Victoria Scott Dixon, 22, of Robertsdale, the daughter of Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon, was arrested and booked into the Baldwin County jail Saturday on a pair of second-degree theft charges.
Victoria Dixon was released Sunday on a $10,000 bond. In Alabama, second-degree theft is charged if the value of the stolen property is greater than $500 but less than $2,500. It is considered a Class C felony, which can carry a term of imprisonment of one to 10 years or a $15,000 fine.
Victoria Dixon was arrested by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, who say she stole jewelry from a family friend and pawned the stolen items.
In a statement posted on social media on Sunday, the district attorney said her daughter has struggled with depression and addiction for years. She said her daughter recently relapsed and was using methamphetamine. The district attorney also said she contacted law enforcement with evidence of her daughter’s drug use last week.
“By mid-day Wednesday, we took her to the hospital where she was involuntarily admitted under the Baker Act because of the danger she posed to herself,” the district attorney’s statement read. “At that time, everyone involved hoped that she would get the help she so desperately needs and come back to herself.”
The district attorney said she reported the thefts to law enforcement Saturday. She said her daughter stole jewelry from a family member and a friend, pawned the items and used the money to buy drugs.
The district attorney said she expects detractors to use the incident to score what she called “political points.”
“I love my job, I am utterly committed and truly gifted at my job, but I love my daughters more,” she said. “As a mother, as the district attorney, as a person, I have always and will always fight every temptation to do what is easy when it is not what is right. While some want to paint my life as ‘spiraling out of control,’ my message is equally simple. No, my life is not spiraling. Quite simply, that’s the image others want to spin, but my life is in God’s hands.”
In April, Dixon paid a $1,488 fine to the Daphne Municipal Court for violation of the city’s barking dog ordinance after numerous complaints from a neighbor near her home in the Lake Forest subdivision. Dixon has paid more than $5,000 in fines related to the ordinance since 2013. Daphne residents can pay as much as $500 per violation of the ordinance and are subject to a mandatory court date upon the third offense.
Also in April at least two employees in the district attorney’s office were made sick after eating marijuana-laced brownies. A temporary court employee brought the brownies into the building between court proceedings. The incident was investigated by the State Bureau of Investigations.
A source with knowledge of the incident said several people inside the office ate the brownies, but only two exhibited symptoms that included an accelerated heart rate, dizziness and what was described as an “overall feeling of not knowing what was going on.”