Idaho Woman Faces Multiple Charges after Missing 8-Year-Old Girl Was Found Dead at Her Home

Gracious Egedegbe
Apr 20, 2021
09:50 P.M.

An Idaho native has been charged with multiple offenses after authorities found a missing child dead in her property. The little girl, Taryn Summers, was eight years old.


Corinne Smith, a native of Idaho, was charged with concealing evidence, among other charges, after a missing eight-year-old girl, Taryn Summers, was found dead on her property.

According to reports, Smith alerted the police, stating that her granddaughter was missing on April 12. The initial search by authorities was futile.

Yellow "Crime scene do not cross" tape. | Photo: Pexels

Yellow "Crime scene do not cross" tape. | Photo: Pexels

The woman told a deputy that Taryn had defecated on the carpet of her home and smeared it all over. Smith was said to have carried the little girl out of her black Lexus to punish her at home.

By April 14, the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue group set to work searching for Taryn. Smith's property was also searched with cadaver-sniffing dogs and live scents canines to no avail.


According to the PCA, authorities conducted another search on Smith's property. A body later identified as Taryn's was found inside a black trash bag on the floorboard in the second-row seating area of a vehicle.

The car is registered under Smith's son's name, and she had initially told the law enforcement officers she didn't know where the key of the vehicle was. She was taken into custody and initially charged with first-degree murder.


Taylor, Taryn, and another younger sibling tested positive for the presence of hard drugs in their systems.

However, her charges were reviewed, and her multiple warrants include felony failure to notify a death and felony destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence.

Smith is being held on an $800,000 bond. The judge presiding over her case termed the alleged conduct as disturbing, adding that the penalty could be severe depending on the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.


As of last year, Taryn's older siblings, Tristan Conner Sexton and Taylor Summers Quinton, both teenagers, were reported as runaways. Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder noted that the pair are, however, safe.

As of 2019, Taylor, Taryn, and another younger sibling tested positive for the presence of hard drugs in their systems. At the time, their mom was convicted for an injury to a child charge.

During the search, Taryn was declared missing alongside her older siblings; the case was treated as an issue to runaway delinquents. The case lead indicated that the trio was last seen near the airport road in Emmett.

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