BUCKSPORT – A woman is now facing a murder charge in the 2017 death of a Bucksport toddler, and locals said they are hoping the two year old homicide victim can get some justice.
Police made the arrest Thursday night at the Spring Fountain Motel. They said Savannah Smith, 21, is now charged in connection with the homicide.
“I don’t think there was absolutely any emotion on her face,” said Danny Khan, the manager of the motel, speaking about the moment of the arrest.
Khan said it was around six p.m. when Maine State Police and Bucksport Police made the arrest.
Kloe was found dead in her Central Street home in October 2017. Police said at that time, Smith was the father’s girlfriend. Friends said they later ended the relationship.
The motel manager said he didn’t know Savannah Smith very well.
“Any time I saw her she would just be hanging outside, smoking a cigarette with a very straight face,” said Khan.
Before her arrest, she had been staying there for a couple of weeks with her current boyfriend.
The booking was in his name.
As of Friday, the boyfriend was still at the motel but declined to comment.
“It’s a very sweet, coastal town and it was just very shocking that something like that could happen here,” said Lindsay Carmen, a local resident, about the incident.
Police have not said how Kloe died, just that it was a homicide. Now that someone is in custody, locals are hoping the family can heal.
“I’m grateful there was justice for the little girl,” said Maggie Hopkins, who said she was good friends with Kloe’s dad in school, and stuck by him through this.
“I’m sure he’s happy to know that whoever did that to his little girl is now behind bars and isn’t going to be able to do that to somebody else’s baby.” said Hopkins.
Hopkins also went to school with Smith.
“I would have never thought that she would have a bad bone in her body,” said Hopkins.
Locals confirmed Smith just had a baby earlier this week.
She was originally scheduled to make her first court appearance Friday, but it was rescheduled.
Those who knew Kloe said they’re grateful she can get some justice.
“She was funny and cute and beautiful. And it’s really sad,” said Hopkins.
Smith is now scheduled to appear in court on Monday in Ellsworth.