Father not a suspect in Cannon Beach toddler death

Police still looking for mother Jessica Smith: 'We want to make sure she's OK'

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The father of a two-year-old found dead Friday in a Cannon Beach hotel room, and a 13-year-old still under doctor’s care for what police call “critical cuts” has been ruled out as a suspect, Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said at a press conference Saturday.

Police still have no idea where the mother of the teen girl and the deceased toddler is, as the search continues for 40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Wash. The teen is expected to survive, and is recovering in a Portland area hospital following surgery.

Meanwhile, an autopsy for the two-year-old girl is scheduled for Sunday, the Oregon State Medical Examiner said.

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Schermerhorn said when he entered the hotel room Friday, there was a considerable amount of blood — all of it from the 13-year-old girl, who police tried to interview as emergency crews prepared her for LifeFlight evacuation.

Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington is driving this vehicle. She is wanted in connection with a dead infant and a critically injured teen at a Cannon Beach resort, August 1, 2014 (Clatsop County Sheriff's Office)
Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington is driving this vehicle. She is wanted in connection with a dead infant and a critically injured teen at a Cannon Beach resort, August 1, 2014 (Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office)

“As far as we know, the blood was all from the 13-year-old,” he said.

“We weren’t able to get answers about everything; she had oxygen on,” he said.

When asked to elaborate on what “critical cuts” entailed, Schermerhorn said the cuts were life-threatening injuries.

First homicide in half a century

The mysterious, tragic event is the first homicide in Cannon Beach in half a century, Schermerhorn said. The children’s father, Greg Smith, heard the news through a friend, and officers were sent to contact him on the highway.

A memorial of balloons and candles grows for the toddler found dead in Cannon Beach's Seaside Resort Friday. (KOIN 6)
A memorial of balloons and candles grows for the toddler found dead in Cannon Beach’s Seaside Resort Friday. (KOIN 6)

A search warrant was served at the Surfsand Resort last night, and the hotel is cooperating fully, Schermerhorn said. Smith checked into the resort Wednesday.

The search for Jessica Smith continues, as police still do not know if she is hurt, was involved in the tragic incident, or where she is .

“We want to make sure she’s OK,” Schermerhorn said. KOIN 6 News learned Jessica Smith and her husband were going through a divorce.

Watching out

Police are reminding the public to be on the lookout for a gold Chevy Suburban with Washington licence plates APX 3141.

KOIN 6 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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