Woman wanted on murder charges in death of her 2-year-old daughter

By Melissa Barclay,

An arrest warrant was issued for a woman from Washington State, who is being sought after the murder of her 2-year-old daughter in an Oregon hotel.

According to Reuters, 40-year-old Jessica Smith’s teenage daughter was also found severely hurt at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach, Ohio. The toddler, Isabella Smith, was discovered by a housekeeper in a room at the resort.

The cause of death for the 2-year-old is not yet released. The teenager, 13-year-old Alana Smith, is in Portland where she was recovering from surgery.

A full-scale search was launched by authorities for Smith, including aerial searches by the U.S. Coast Guard. She was considered armed and dangerous by police, reported The Oregonian.

Alana Smith, who was suffering from life threatening cuts, cooperated with authorities. Smith and her two daughters checked into the hotel on Wednesday, and by Friday Isabella was found dead. The girls’ father, Greg Smith, was concerned about Smith’s mental health and was seeking joint custody of the girls. Greg Smith is not a suspect in the case.

Jessica Smith has not yet been found by police and is still at large.

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