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

March 12, 2019
This March 12, 2019, photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Andrea Webb. The Houston woman is charged with injury to a child in the 209th State District Court for her role in the death of her daughter, Samantha Bell, 5, who was pronounced dead at the scene in Houston. The child's cause of death is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)

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