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Mother Pleads Not Guilty In Toddler Death

(Clastop County, OR) -- A mother charged with the murder of her toddler in an Oregon hotel room is pleading not guilty. Forty-year-old Jessica Smith was arrested for killing one daughter and stabbing another. Police say on Friday the hotel maid discovered Smith's two-year-old daughter already dead and her 13-year-old daughter critically wounded. On the day of the murder, Smith was ordered by a court to return her kids over to the father after a lengthy custody battle. Smith is due back in court on August 11th.