No bond for mother charged with abuse after death of daughter

Posted: December 27, 2013

WINCHESTER — A local woman was denied bond Friday after being charged with child abuse following the death of her 2-year-old daughter.
Jessika Smith, 25, appeared via video in Winchester Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where Judge William W. Sharp denied her bond.
She was arrested Monday after shoving Amber Lynn Sampson into an unknown object Friday, causing her to fall “limp and unconscious,” according to Winchester Police Department Sgt. Frank Myrtle, who testified at the bond hearing.
Smith then put her daughter into bed and allegedly did not check on her throughout the night.
Sampson was found unresponsive the next morning.
Police responded just after 9 a.m. Saturday to Americas Best Value Inn at 2649 Valley Ave., where the child died.
The child’s father and Smith’s fiancé — whose identity has not been released — was home at the time of the alleged abuse, along with the couple’s 7-month-old daughter.
Social Services officials responded to the scene and have placed the 7-month-old child into temporary foster care, according to testimony.
Smith told Sharp at the hearing that she could not afford bond, but planned to go to the local Salvation Army for shelter if released from jail.
Sharp denied bond because of the serious nature of the crime. Smith remains at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
For more information about the bond hearing, read Saturday’s Winchester Star.