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Documents detail death of toddler at Ore. motel

Jessica Smith is arraigned via a video feed from the Clatsop County Jail in Astoria, Ore., on murder and other charges at the Clatsop County courthouse on Monday Aug. 4, 2014. Smith, who is going through a divorce and custody battle, is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter and attempting to kill her 13-year-old daughter. The children were found Friday, Aug. 1, in a hotel room at Cannon Beach, Ore.

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Jessica Smith is arraigned via a video feed from the Clatsop County Jail in Astoria, Ore., on murder and other charges at the Clatsop County courthouse on Monday Aug. 4, 2014. Smith, who is going through a divorce and custody battle, is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter and attempting to kill her 13-year-old daughter. The children were found Friday, Aug. 1, in a hotel room at Cannon Beach, Ore.



ASTORIA — Notes left by a mother accused of drowning her 2-year-old and cutting the throat of her teenage daughter recounted the attack and said the “baby didn’t suffer as she fell asleep in the water,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday...

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