Savannah Smith, 21, of Buckskport, was arrested Thursday, April 4, 2019, on a charge of murder for allegedly killing Kloe Hawksley, 2, in October 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Hancock County Jail

A Bucksport woman has been charged with murder in connection with the October 2017 death of a 2-year-old girl.

Savannah Smith, 21, was arrested around 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spring Fountain Motel in Bucksport after having been indicted on a murder charge earlier Thursday by a Hancock County grand jury, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. She is accused of killing Kloe Hawksley on Oct. 18, 2017.

Smith was the partner of Tyler Hawksley, the child’s father, at the time of the child’s death, McCausland said Thursday night. Kloe was found dead inside a home at 264 Central St. in Bucksport after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call about an unresponsive child in the home, he said.

Additional details about the death have not been released.

Maine State Police and officers with the Bucksport Police Department have been investigating Kloe’s death since then. In December 2017, state police said they classified the girl’s death as a homicide.

Smith was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth and is scheduled to make her first appearance in court at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 8.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....