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Mother suspected of killing toddler, Oregon police say


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. (AP/Cannon Beach Police Department)

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 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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