A 35-year-old Frederick woman is charged with murder after Frederick police say she killed an 81-year-old woman.
Officers arrested Maria Gloria Vazquez-Mebo Monday and charged her with first- and second-degree murder, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department. Police are not releasing the victim's identity at the request of her family, the release said.
Police initially reported to the 400 block of North Bentz Street Sunday evening after a 911 caller reported an elderly woman had fallen down the stairs. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
Detectives and a crime scene technician opened a death investigation, during which they searched the house after obtaining a warrant. The woman suffered head trauma and there were other unusual circumstances surrounding her death, according to the release.
After an autopsy was completed Monday morning, detectives followed up again with a second search warrant and took Vazquez-Mebo into custody. She confessed to striking the victim multiple times with a blunt object, according to the release.
At a hearing Tuesday, District Court Judge Earl W. Bartgis Jr. ordered Vazquez-Mebo be held without bail. Vazquez-Mebo remains at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.