Fort Smith po­lice in­ves­ti­gate death of 5-year-old

El Dorado News-Times - - Obituaries -

— Po­lice in Fort Smith say they're in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a 5-yearold and the child's step­mother has been charged with en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a mi­nor.

Po­lice on Fri­day re­sponded to a hos­pi­tal re­gard­ing a sus­pi­cious death. Po­lice do not yet know the child's cause of death, and the body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab­o­ra­tory.

De­tails on the na­ture of the child's death have not been re­leased.

Po­lice say 23-year-old Rae Von Smith was ar­rested and charged with felony first-de­gree en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a mi­nor. She was be­ing held in jail on Sat­ur­day on no bond. She has a court date set for Wed­nes­day and jail records don't list an at­tor­ney for her.

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