Dead Baby, 'Cut' Sister Found in Hotel; Police Seek Mom
Jessica Smith, 40, is only a person of interest so far
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2014 6:30 PM CDT
Police are searching for the mother of two children in Oregon; one was found dead and the other severely wounded.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Police are seeking the mother of a dead toddler and a severely injured 13-year-old girl today after a housekeeper discovered the two girls in an Oregon hotel room, News Channel 8 Portland reports. The mother, Jessica Smith, 40, checked in with her daughters at the hotel—the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach, Oregon—on Wednesday, officials say. Police say there were no signs of forced entry in the third-floor hotel room, and no one else was present, the Oregonian reports. The surviving girl had endured "critical cuts" and was taken to a Portland hospital.

Smith is only a person of interest so far, police say, and they just want to make sure she's safe; she may be driving a 2007 gold Chevy Suburban. KPTV has dug up court documents showing that her husband filed for divorce in June, and she filed a restraining order against him last month. Police say they have contacted the father in Washington about the case but revealed nothing about the conversation.

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Aug 3, 2014 9:09 PM CDT
If mothers ruled the world, there would be no wars.... .
Aug 3, 2014 4:30 AM CDT
I, too, only hope the mother is okay. Murders her child and leaves the other severely injured. Probably just needs more support. Men need to give these dependent women more support. That's what they need .
Aug 2, 2014 11:17 PM CDT
I suspect the police already have a good idea who did it, but think it will be easier to find and arrest whoever it is if they don't say much.