Oregon police: Wash. mother suspected of killing toddler

Oregon police: Wash. mother suspected of killing toddler
40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington is driving a gold 2007 Chevy Suburban, license plate APX3141, according to police.
CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Police in Cannon Beach on Sunday said an arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of a 2-year-old girl found dead in a Cannon Beach hotel room on Friday.

Jessica Smith, 40, is wanted for aggravated murder and considered armed and dangerous, according to Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn.

An autopsy on 2-year-old Isabella Smith was unable to conclude what caused her death, the chief said. Police are waiting for toxicology reports.

Schermerhorn said Isabella Smith's manner of death was homicide.

Isabella's sister, 13-year-old Alana Smith, was found seriously injured in the hotel room. She remains in stable condition at a Portland hospital. She has been able to speak with her family, Schermerhorn said.

Authorities were called to the Surfsand Resort on Friday morning. The children were found by hotel staff.

Police said Jessica Smith, of Goldendale, Wash., was driving a gold 2007 Chevy Suburban.

Schermerhorn said the children’s father, Greg Smith, is not a suspect and has cooperated with the investigation.

"There are no other suspects," he said.

Police served a search warrant at the hotel room Friday night, but would not say what they found.

Schermerhorn said police do not know where Jessica Smith is. Anyone who sees Jessica Smith is asked to contact their local police.

More than a dozen people from around Cannon Beach gathered Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil for the 2-year-old girl. One of the women who helped organize the vigil said they wanted to support the teen who survived as well as the community.