A 911 caller told dispatchers there was a “real bad” smell coming from the apartment.
“I think there’s somebody over there that’s deceased,” she said.
Several citizens helped police find Smith in Trotwood, Hall said.
She was arrested in the 3200 block of Amanda Drive Tuesday evening and booked on a preliminary murder charge.
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Smith’s other children are safe and did not live with her, Hall said.
More details about the child are not available. However, a Dayton incident report mentioned a 1-year-old boy.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working to determine the child’s cause of death.
Montgomery County Children Services did not have an open investigation regarding the deceased child, a representative said.