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Mom Who Strangled Baby Waited 5 Hours to Call 911, Queens Prosecutor Says

By Katie Honan | January 11, 2017 4:25pm
 Shangbo Xiangshengjie, 33, was indicted on one count of murder for the Jan. 3 killing. 
Shangbo Xiangshengjie, 33, was indicted on one count of murder for the Jan. 3 killing. 
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ELMHURST — A mother accused of strangling her daughter inside their apartment waited five hours before calling 911, according to the district attorney's office.

Shangbo Xiangshengjie, 33, was indicted on one count of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon on Wednesday, officials said. She's been hospitalized since she was arrested, and her arraignment is expected to happen later on this month.

Xiangshengjie used a phone charger and a piece of fabric to strangle her 15-month-old daughter, Sanggye Lhakyi, inside their third-floor apartment on Elmhurst Avenue on Jan. 3 — then waited five hours to call 911, the DA said.

She also didn't make any effort to save her daughter's life, officials said.

Xiangshengjie told police she initially planned to kill herself after murdering her daughter, but didn't go through with the plan, according to NYPD officials.

She told officials she was dealing with family issues back home in China, but there was still no motive for her daughter's brutal death.

She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, according to the DA.