Mother Arrested For Murder of 2 1/2-year-old

Mother Arrested For Murder of 2 1/2-year-old

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A mother was arrested Saturday for the murder of her 21/2-year-old daughter in Utah's first homicide of the year.

The child was found "unresponsive" Friday in the woman's Ford sedan on Interstate-70 near Thompson Springs, 170 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, a sheriff's statement said Saturday.

The girl's body was taken to the state Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Wendy Bullock, 28, of Salt Lake City, had self-inflicted wounds when she pulled off the highway near another stopped car, asked that motorist for razor blades and said she planned to commit suicide, sheriff's deputies and Sgt. Dan Rosenhan of the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The other driver, a Colorado man, alerted authorities who found the girl dead when they arrived.

The mother was taken to Castleview Hospital in Price for her injuries and then to the Grand County jail, where she was arrested for murder.

Formal charges are expected to be filed next week by the county attorney.

The Grand County Sheriff's office didn't say how the girl had died or explain why the mother harmed her own daughter.

Sheriff's detectives working the case Saturday were said to be unavailable to elaborate on statements that provided few details.

"We can only give you what's on the press release," sheriff's deputy Shawn Chapman said Saturday.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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