Fayetteville father charged in daughter's death also facing child sex abuse charges

Jamarkus Meshawn Smith (image courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)

The man charged in his 3-year-old daughter's death is now facing several child sex abuse allegations.

Jamarkus Meshawn Smith was arrested Wednesday after his daughter was found unresponsive due to injuries she suffered at the hands of her father, police said. Smith's wife, a Fort Bragg soldier, was also arrested.

Octavia Bennett-Smith, 27, faces felony child abuse charges tied to her daughter's death earlier this week.

26-year-old Jamarkus Meshawn Smith and 27-year-old Octavia Bennett-Smith



Friday, Fayetteville police obtained additional warrants to charge Jamarkus Smith with two counts of first-degree statutory sex offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. His bond was increased to $3,000,000. He remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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