Houston woman jailed in death of 5-year-old daughter

Posted at 6:43 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 19:43:51-04

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman has been jailed on a charge of injury to a child for her part in the death of her 5-year-old daughter.

A police statement says Andrea Webb, who is 21, called 911 Saturday night and reported that her daughter, Samantha Bell, had fallen from the balcony of their second-story apartment. Officers determined that the girl's injuries weren't consistent with a fall.

Police say Webb then said she had made Samantha sit against a wall for hours without the support of a seat. She said that when Samantha failed to do so, she beat the girl with a belt.

An autopsy has been ordered, and Webb remains in Harris County Jail under a $50,000 bond. It's unclear from court records if she has an attorney