Homicide

Authorities searching for mom say she's suspected of killing toddler found with injured sister

This image provided by Cannon Beach Wash. Police Department shows an undated photo of Jessica Smith, 40. A hotel housekeeper discovered an injured 13-year-old girl and the body of her 2-year-old sister at an inn on the Oregon Coast on Friday,Aug. 1, 2014 and police were searching for their mother. Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said Smith, 40, of Goldendale, Washington, is a person of interest in the case. (AP Photo/Cannon Beach Police Department)

This image provided by Cannon Beach Wash. Police Department shows an undated photo of Jessica Smith, 40. A hotel housekeeper discovered an injured 13-year-old girl and the body of her 2-year-old sister at an inn on the Oregon Coast on Friday,Aug. 1, 2014 and police were searching for their mother. Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said Smith, 40, of Goldendale, Washington, is a person of interest in the case. (AP Photo/Cannon Beach Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities searching for the mother of a slain toddler and critically injured teen girl who were found in a room at a coastal Oregon resort say she is now wanted on suspicion of murder.

The Oregonian reports (http://tinyurl.com/pajctya ) that Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said Sunday the cause of death of the 2-year-old remains unknown after an autopsy. But it determined her death was a homicide.

Schermerhorn says the girl suffered no obvious injuries and a toxicology test is pending.

Authorities have been looking for her mother, 40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington, since the toddler and her 13-year-old sister were found Friday at the resort.

The teen had severe cut wounds, but authorities said Saturday that she's expected to make a full recovery.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com