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Mother Arrested and Charged for Felony Child Abuse

Jessika Smith, 24, has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse for the death of her two-year old toddler.
Jessika Smith was charged with felony child abuse.
Jessika Smith was charged with felony child abuse.

WINCHESTER, Va. - A mother has been arrested and charged in the death of her toddler.

The two-year old girl was found dead Saturday morning. Investigators charged the girl's mother, Jessika Smith, 24, in her death.

Winchester Police were called to "America's Best Value Inn" along the 2600 block of Valley Avenue Saturday morning.

When police arrived, they say they found the toddler dead.

An autopsy revealed the child died from apparent head trauma. Officers charged Smith with felony child abuse.

Police are not releasing many details on the investigation at the moment. Stay with WHAG on this story as more information comes in.

"An investigation revealed that the night before the mother had pushed the child causing her to fall, the child was then placed into her bed the next morning found unresponsive,' says Lauren Cummings, Winchester Police Crime Prevention Specialist.

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