6-year-old girl found dead at home cause unknown

February 18, 1997

A state medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a 6-year-old Westminster girl found dead in her bed Saturday morning.

Dianne L. Harpster of the 400 block of E. Main St. went to awaken her daughter, Bethany, about 9: 45 a.m. and found her dead, police said. She immediately called 911, police said.

No obvious signs of injury were found, and officials said an autopsy could take two weeks. The child appeared to have been dead for several hours, police said.

A number of prescription medications belonging to the mother were taken for testing, police said.

Bethany was in kindergarten at Robert Moton Elementary School and attended the Westminster Church of the Brethren.

Funeral services were scheduled for today.

Fire

Pleasant Valley: Firefighters responded at 1: 59 p.m. Sunday to a wash detail at Stone and Arters Mill roads. Units were out 24 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 2: 33 p.m. Sunday, responding to a fire alarm in the 900 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out 25 minutes.

Winfield: Firefighters responded at 7: 26 a.m. Saturday to a carbon monoxide alarm in the 4200 block of Jim Bowers Road. Units were out one hour.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 2: 32 p.m. Saturday, responding to a fire alarm in the 900 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out 34 minutes.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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