Mother, young daughter found dead

April 17, 2009 8:31:21 AM PDT
Investigators announced Friday that a mother and her four-year-old daughter were found dead in Norristown after an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities say both were found dead of an intentional drug overdose.

Police were called to a home in the 500 block of High Street in Norristown on Thursday after someone called, concerned for the well-being of the residents.

Upon entering the home, investigators say they found Donna Smith and her four-year-old daughter dead.

Police say they also found an empty bottle with a Xanax label, and a suicide note nearby.

Smith's family told police that she had a long history of personal problems, most recently having been the victim of domestic abuse.

An autopsy on both Smith and her daughter are planned for Friday.

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