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Modesto Woman Held In Death Of 13-Year-Old Daughter

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Modesto, CA — A 34-year-old Modesto woman is facing charges in the death of her 13-year-old quadriplegic daughter over the weekend.

Police say the wheelchair-bound girl died when her portable ventilator was disconnected Saturday.

Investigators arrested 34-year-old Donna Baker and booked her into the Stanislaus County Safety Center on charges of homicide, abuse of a child and willful harm or injury resulting in the death of a child.

Modesto Police detectives say Baker did not have custody of her daughter, and the alleged incident possibly happened during a weekend visit.

Police say they received a call at about 4:15 Saturday afternoon from employees of a county-run healthcare facility that the girl had been left there and wasn´t breathing. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

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