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Mother of murdered 2-year-old makes first court appearance

Jessica Smith made her first court appearance after being charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter and aggravated attempted murder of her 13-year-old daughter in Cannon Beach.
Jessica Smith made her first court appearance after being charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter and aggravated attempted murder of her 13-year-old daughter in Cannon Beach.
Oregon Live

Jessica Smith, 40, of Goldendale WA made her first court appearance Monday after her arrest Sunday night. She is charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Isabella Smith and her 13-year-old daughter Alanna Smith, who were found by a housekeeper at a hotel room in Cannon Beach, according to FOX12.

Jessica Smith's first court appearance
Oregon Live

The autopsy of little Isabella Smith showed that her death was clearly a homicide.

Alanna Smith is recovering at a Portland hospital.

After a manhunt for Jessica Smith, she was found by a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter.

Cannon Beach police requested the assistance of the Coast Guard in the search at noon on Saturday. A Jayhawk crew launched at 3pm Sunday with extensive knowledge of the terrain in the area. After two hours of searching, the crew turned back. That’s when the flight mechanic spotted Smith 15 miles from Cannon Beach. The crew radioed the location to police who drove to the scene and arrested Smith.

Police believe Smith had been at that location since Friday.

Jessica’s husband, Greg Smith said he’d received “a barrage” of text messages between July 2 and July 7 along with a strange voicemail from his daughter. He claimed his wife was manipulating the children after he filed for divorce.

Jessica appeared in court in Clatsop County Monday via video conference. She is being held without bail.

The Cannon Beach community has come together to mourn this tragedy and remember Isabella. A candlelight vigil was held Saturday while the search continued for Smith.

Jessica Smith’s family members are shocked at the news.

Nathan Judd, Smith’s brother spoke to Fox12 about the last time he spoke with his sister a week before the murders.

Smith and the girls visited Judd in his Medford home recently, and during the visit nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

“She was dressed well and super happy, outgoing, all smiles,” he stated, “You could tell she loved her daughters dearly.”

She did confide in Judd that her marriage was in trouble and coming to an end. She asked him if he would care for her pets because she’d been staying in hotels in the Vancouver area.

Judd also said that he couldn’t see his sister committing these violent acts against her daughters.

“I can’t imagine my sister ever doing something like that,” he said, “She had a heart of gold, and growing up she never harmed anyone or anything and never spoke of such a thing.”

The Smiths have lived in several Oregon cities including Forest Grove, Roseburg, Grants Pass, and Lakeview.