Mother charged in girl's strangulation Daughter found dead in Rockville home

December 26, 1991

The mother of a 4-year-old Rockville girl was charged by Montgomery County police yesterday in the Christmas Eve strangulation of the child.

Flora Peters, 30, was arrested after calling police from a neighbor's phone Christmas morning to report a domestic dispute at her apartment on the 400 block of Monroe Street. When police arrived, she led them to the body of her daughter, Aryana Denise Peters, on a bed.

The child was fully clothed and the bed was made, according to Sgt. Harry Geehreng, county police spokesman. There were no signs of struggle in the one-bedroom apartment, where the mother and daughter lived alone.

However, police said ligature marks on the child's neck -- indentions caused by the use of cords, ropes or wires -- indicated that she was strangled, probably during the night. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, but results were not available yesterday.

Ms. Peters was being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge in the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Homicide investigators have not pinpointed a motive for the slaying and say their investigation is continuing.

The homicide, the 27th this year, set a record in Montgomery County, Sergeant Geehreng said.

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