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Woman pleads guilty to murdering 2-year-old daughter at Oregon coast hotel

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CANNON BEACH, OR (KPTV) -

A Vancouver woman pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder for killing her 2-year-old daughter and badly injuring her teen daughter at a hotel on the Oregon coast.

Jessica Smith, 43, pleaded guilty Wednesday, two years after a housekeeper found the girls in a room at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach.

Two-year-old Isabella Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Alana Smith, then 13 years old, had severe cuts to her wrists and throat.

A major search operation was launched for their mother. Jessica Smith was found two days later standing by her SUV off a rural logging road about 15 miles from the crime scene.

Court documents state she confessed to drowning her youngest daughter and helping the older girl cut herself with a razor blade.

Her estranged husband's attorney said Jessica Smith was supposed to turn the girls over to their father on the day they were found in the hotel room.

A judge ruled that Jessica Smith was fit to stand trial in June. Last month, prosecutors played a video in court that showed Smith confessing to the crimes.

Jessica Smith is now scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 25. 

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