- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon authorities say a mother accused of drowning her younger daughter and trying to kill her older one has avoided three scheduled mental evaluations.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1l7tk6A ) that the defense argues that 41-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington, had postpartum psychosis. She pleaded not guilty in 2014.

Sgt. Brandon Roberts wrote in court documents that he walked Smith back to her cell after she said she was too sick to meet a psychologist. He says he found her sobbing and clutching a blanket folded into a baby-sized bundle 10 minutes later.

Prosecutors say Smith recently met with a defense psychiatrist. They have asked the judge to ban the defense from using psychological testimony or urge Smith to meet the state psychologist.

Roberts says Smith’s demeanor has changed from almost bubbly to solemn, disturbed and depressed.


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