Cecil Co. man charged with girlfriend's murder

A Cecil County man has been charged with murder after Maryland State Police say he assaulted his girlfriend who died Monday morning of her injuries.

David A. Barton, 23, of North East faces charges including second-degree murder and manslaughter as well as assault, according to state police.

Based on the preliminary investigation, police say Barton assaulted his girlfriend of six years, Tracy M. Weichert, 23, in the home they shared between Friday and Sunday.

He took her to to Union Hospital in Elkton with abdominal pain at about 6 p.m. Sunday. Later that night she was transferred to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where she died at about 6 a.m. Monday. Christiana Hospital staff called police to report that she may have been assaulted.

According to police, there was no documented history of abuse or open protective orders. Barton is unemployed, police said.

The Wilmington, Del. medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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