Calif woman arrested in daughter's 1970 death 

A Northern California woman is facing a murder charge in the death of her 4-year-old daughter more than 40 years ago.

Authorities say 66-year-old Patricia Lee Thomas of Grass Valley was arrested on Thursday night. Thomas, who also goes by the name Patricia Lee Howell, is accused of killing her daughter on May 25, 1970 in Auburn in what was initially reported as a bathtub drowning.

But Placer County prosecutors and Auburn police said they recently received new information that led them to reopen the case and find additional evidence.

Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn declined to say what that information or additional evidence was, citing an ongoing investigation.

Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge on Monday.

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