Report: Suspect in custody in toddler's slaying

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CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say a suspect is in custody in the case of a toddler found dead at a coastal Oregon resort.

The Oregonian says (http://bit.ly/1sjX0vS ) police disclosed the arrest and planned to hold a news conference later Sunday night. The identity of the person in custody wasn't immediately available.

Authorities said earlier Sunday that the mother of the toddler and a teen girl found seriously injured in a resort room was wanted on suspicion of murder.

The paper reported that Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn says the cause of death of the 2-year-old remains unknown after an autopsy. But it determined her death was a homicide.

Authorities have been looking for her mother, Jessica Smith, 40, of Goldendale, Washington, since a housekeeper discovered the toddler and her 13-year-old sister Friday morning at the resort. Previously, officials wanted to ensure Smith's welfare.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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