AIKEN -- An Aiken doctor who apparently tried to kill herself and her 7-year-old son now faces criminal charges.
Shirley Madison, 50, was arrested Tuesday immediately after her release from Aiken Regional Medical Centers. She was charged with assault and battery with intent to murder by Aiken County Sheriff's Office investigators.
She was processed at the Aiken County Detention Center and transferred to Brian Center Nursing Care in Columbia for psychiatric evaluation, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Michael Frank.
Dr. Madison, a plastic surgeon who has an office on Greenville Street, was found Sept. 30 in her home with her throat cut. Her son was in a separate room with his throat also cut.
Shortly after 5 a.m. that day, a sheriff's deputy responded to a suicide call at the home of Dr. Madison in the 4100 block of Banks Mill Road in Aiken.
After entering the house, the deputy found her son on a bed. The deputy found Dr. Madison lying on the bathroom floor.
Both were taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The juvenile told EMS personnel that his mother had cut him, Lt. Frank said. Police would not release his name.
The child was treated at Aiken Regional and released Thursday.
The person who called authorities was Faiza Kaddour-Djebbar. Lt. Frank said she was employed by Dr. Madison.
A surgical scalpel and syringe, containing an unknown, clear liquid, were recovered from the residence, Lt. Frank said.
Dr. Madison also served as a staff physician at Aiken Regional.