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Joppatowne woman charged with murder in death of daughter

A 19-year-old woman from Joppatowne has been charged with murder in connection with the death last week of her 9-month-old daughter, who police say was repeatedly injected with insulin.

Quecelia Yvette Baldeo, 19, aka Qucelia Baldeo, of the 900 block of Scannell Court, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death and first-degree assault in the death of Selena Olivia Weber, according to Maryland electronic court records.

According to the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Baldeo was served with an arrest warrant upon her release from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air late Friday afternoon. Baldeo had been in the hospital since Tuesday after attempting suicide by slashing her wrists, the Sheriff's Office said in a media release.

At approximately 1:33 p.m. on Jan. 29, sheriff's deputies responded to the Scannell Court address for a report of a child in cardiac arrest. As deputies arrived they were met by paramedics from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, who were administering emergency medical care to the child, later identified as the 9-month-old, Selena Weber.

The child was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased at 2:18 p.m. At the same time EMS personnel were also requested to treat and transport Baldeo, who was suffering from lacerations to her wrist.

According to the Sheriff's Office, detectives believe Baldeo injected her daughter repeatedly with insulin before trying to take her own life.

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