Trial of woman charged in toddler’s death to begin in May



ELLSWORTH — A woman whom the Maine State Police have charged with murdering a Bucksport toddler is anticipated to stand trial in May of 2020, according to court records.

Kloe Hawksley was found dead at her home the morning of Oct. 18, 2017, according to investigators. She was 2.

Savannah Smith, who had been in a relationship with Kloe’s father, Tyler, at the time, has been accused in the girl’s death.

Attorneys in the case, Bangor defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein and Maine Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin, had a telephone conference July 26 with Justice Robert Murray.

Murray has set a timeline for the case. The trial is anticipated to last six to seven days, the judge stated in a memo. That does not include time for jury selection.

“Specifically, the court would anticipate presenting the jury pool with a written survey when the pool assembles before the court on May 5, 2020,” Murray wrote. “Jury voir dire would then continue on May 7, 2020, until a jury has been selected.”

Voir dire is the process in which attorneys question prospective jurors about their backgrounds as well knowledge of a case.

Murray stated that trial for Smith will begin May 18, 2020.

In June, attorneys sought a court order for Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) records for Kloe, her older brother and Smith’s children.

That records order has been granted.

Smith has been incarcerated at the Hancock County Jail since her arrest on one count of murder April 4 at the Spring Fountain Motel in Bucksport, where she had been living.

Smith had a bail hearing April 22, but Judge Murray denied bail, citing Smith’s lack of stable living arrangements.

Robbin argued against bail at that hearing.

Kloe died after suffering a “blow to the abdomen with such force that it severed her stomach from her small intestine,” Robbin told the judge.

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