42 year-old Jennifer Smith, who took her kids to Cannon Beach, drowned the 2 year-old and then slashed the 13 year-old at a resort before before driving off into the forest in her SUV in 2014, has been sentenced to life in prison - but she'll be eligible for parole after 38 years.
The Vancouver mother took her two daughters to the coastal town in late July, 2014. Police said she drowned her toddler in a bath tub and slashed her then-13-year-old daughter.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted Smith and her SUV on a Forest Service road days later, and police took her into custody for the murder.
Well, she and her husband were, for some unknown reason, in the midst of a divorce and custody fight over the kids at the time. She went for an insanity plea, but that didn't work.
She seems to be one of those women who think they can talk their way out of anything, just smiling and winking during the preliminary hearing. My wife once worked with a similar woman, who thought she could talk her way out of embezzlement and tax fraud charges. That didn't work out, either. Some people just seem to think that they can manipulate their way out of anything.