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Fort Smith police investigate death of 5-year-old, stepmother arrested

Authorities in Fort Smith are investigating the suspicious death of a 5-year-old, reports KATV content partner KFSM. (Photo courtesy of KFSM)

Authorities in Fort Smith are investigating the suspicious death of a 5-year-old, reports KATV content partner KFSM.

The police were called to Mercy Hospital around 2 a.m. on Friday.

The child's stepmother, 23-year-old Rae Von Smith, was arrested and faces charges of endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to court records, Smith was also arrested on New Year's Eve on charges of third-degree domestic battery and possession of drug paraphernalia but was out on bond.

"It's been a pretty rough day for us all," said Fort Smith Public Information Officer Aric Mitchell.

Smith is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center.

No bond has been set for Smith. She will appear in court on Wednesday.

Officials are waiting on results from the medical examiner to reveal the cause of death.

Fort Smith police say the incident is an ongoing investigation.

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