Family says young mom murdered by boyfriend for refusing abortion

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New details are emerging about the brutal murder of a young North Carolina mother, who was found shot in a park alongside her severely-wounded son.

Family members now tell the Washington Post that Candace Pickens, 23, was killed by her boyfriend because she refused his demands to have an abortion.

Pickens was found by a jogger May 12. She had been shot in the head and her three-year-old son, Zachaeus, was found next to her, clinging to life. The little boy is reportedly in critical but stable condition and has lost his left eye.

Pickens' boyfriend, 24-year-old Nathaniel Dixon, was arrested in Ohio and was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree murder of an unborn child.