Ft. Smith Stepmother Arrested in Connection to Child’s Death

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA) – A woman has been arrested following the death of her 5-year-old stepchild.

Rae Von Smith, 23, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Fort Smith police were called to Mercy Hospital at approximately 2 a.m. Friday regarding the suspicious death of the 5-year-old, according to Fort Smith police.

She is being held at the Sebastian County Jail on no bond. 

Police have provided no further details regarding the nature of the child’s death but said the investigation is open and that more information will be provided when available.

Smith was previously arrested on Dec. 31 on suspicion of third-degree domestic battery and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanor level. She was released on a $2,000 bond on Jan. 1.

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