BUCKSPORT — A Bucksport woman has been indicted on one count of murder in the death of 2-year-old Kloe Hawksley. The indictment was handed down during a secret grand jury session April 4.
Savannah Smith, 21, was arrested the evening of April 4 at the Spring Fountain Motel in Bucksport.
The indictment charges “knowing or depraved indifference murder.”
Kloe was found dead at her Bucksport home at 264 Central St. on Oct. 18, 2017, after a 911 call about an unresponsive child.
The indictment states that Smith “did knowingly cause the death of Kloe Hawksley or did engage in conduct, which manifested a depraved indifference to the value of human life and which did, in fact, cause the death of Kloe Hawksley, a child who had not, in fact, attained the age of 6 years at the time the crime was committed.”
It has been nearly 18 months since the girl’s death. The Maine State Police and Bucksport police held a press conference in December of 2017 to announce that Kloe’s death had been ruled a homicide but declined to state how she died.
The cause of death remains undisclosed. A judge has impounded Smith’s arrest warrant affidavit.
Meanwhile, Smith, a mother of three but with no biological relation to Kloe, is being held without bail at the Hancock County Jail, according to Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster.
Smith appeared in Hancock County Unified Court Monday morning before the court closed for the day due to inclement weather.
Maine Attorney General’s Office spokesman Marc Malon said the Hancock County DA’s Office stood in for the Attorney General’s Office during Smith’s court appearance.
There wasn’t enough time for Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis, who has been assigned to prosecute the case, to reach the courthouse in Ellsworth before the court closed for the day, Malon said.
Bangor defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein has been appointed to represent Smith, according to Foster.
Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Delwyn Webster handled the Monday morning appearance.
Smith is due to make another court appearance April 22.
Court records state that Smith is the mother of three children, ages 3, 1 and a newborn. All are in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, according to an affidavit for assignment of counsel Smith signed on Monday.
Smith was in a relationship with Kloe’s father, Tyler Hawksley, at the time of the toddler’s death, according to police.
During the 18-month period since Kloe’s death, Tyler Hawksley and family members have kept a “Justice for Kloe” vigil on social media.
Efforts to reach Tyler Hawksley for comment before press time were unsuccessful.