Trial pushed back for Harford woman charged with killing 9-month old daughter

The trial for a Joppatowne woman, charged with murdering her 9-month old daughter almost 13 months ago, has been pushed back until at least September.

Qucelia Yvette Baldeo, 20, of the 900 block of Scannell Court, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree death by child abuse.

Baldeo's trial has been set for the week of Sept. 15, according to prosecutor Michael B. Mathias, assistant state's attorney for Harford County. Judge Angela M. Eaves has been assigned the case.

Harford County public defenders Kelly A. Casper and Timothy G. Bahr have been representing Baldeo in pretrial proceedings. Neither could be reached for comment this week.

Online court records show a prior court date that had been set for March was postponed in the past week, as was a suppression hearing that had been set for Feb. 13. The latter has been moved to Aug. 28.

Harford County sheriff's deputies were called to the Baldeo residence at around 1:33 p.m. on January 29, 2013 for a report of a child in cardiac arrest, according to statements from the Sheriff's Office at the time. The child, Selena Olivia Weber, was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where she was pronounced dead at 2:18 p.m.

EMS personnel also treated and transported Baldeo, who was suffering from lacerations on her wrist. Baldeo was admitted to Upper Chesapeake, where he conditional was initially listed as critical. During it's investigation, the Sheriff's Office announce it had determined Baldeo had "attempted to take her own life by slashing her wrists."

On February 1, 2013, Baldeo was served with an arrest warrant in the death of her daughter. According to a Sheriff's Office statement at the time of her arrest, detectives believe Baldeo allegedly repeatedly injected her daughter with insulin before trying to take her own life.

Baldeo was indicted by a grand jury last March and was initially held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center after her arrest. Court records indicate that she has spent most of her incarceration at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, the maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital, where people accused of felonies are sent if there is the potential for a not criminally responsible defense.

The death of Selena Weber was one of two homicides involving infants in Harford County last year.

In April 2013, Colin Christopher Wolf, 20, was arrested and charged with killing his 2-month old niece. Wolf has a hearing scheduled April 15 in Harford Circuit Court to determine his competency to stand trial.

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