Jessica Smith pleads guilty to killing 2-year-old daughter

She will be sentenced on Thursday, August 25

Jessica Smith, facing charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder, at a court appearance on Jan. 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The woman accused of killing her 2-year-old and slashing her teenage daughter 2 years ago changed her plea to guilty on Wednesday.

Jessica Smith had a change of plea hearing scheduled for charges of aggravated murder and attempt to commit murder, Clatsop County Prosecutor Josh Marquis said.

It is unclear what led Smith to change her plea.

Her toddler’s father will be in court when she is sentenced on August 25. Marquis is recommending a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

At a pre-trial hearing earlier this summer, prosecutors shared previously unseen footage of investigators interviewing Smith when she was initially arrested.

In the video, Smith said she intended to “drown her [daughter] and her misery.” She said Isabella “just fell asleep peacefully, went into the water and was gone.”

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