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Police say Augusta mother made kids fight for YouTube video

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 4:49 PM
Last updated 9:17 PM
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An Augusta woman involved in a child custody case was arrested Friday after a YouTube video of her encouraging her preschool-age children to fight and beating her older son was played for the judge.

Superior Court Judge J. David Roper ordered the arrest of Tracy Ann Smith, 34, on two counts of cruelty to children. Smith is still in jail without bond. According to an incident report, the video showed Smith’s 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter in a fight that lasted several minutes. Smith is in the video at times, laughing and clapping her hands as the children punched and kicked at each other and the boy cried.

The video also shows Smith picking up a belt and hitting her 10-year-old son. The older child was hit nine times on the right side of his body while he was lying on a couch. He can be heard yelling, “What did I do?”

The judge granted the father of the two younger children temporary custody. Because the domestic relations case didn’t involve the older child, Roper did not have the authority to alter the 10-year-old’s guardianship. The boy’s grandfather, however, intends to go through Juvenile Court to gain custody.

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owensjef3
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owensjef3 02/28/13 - 06:14 pm
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oh boy
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oh boy

mypointofview
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mypointofview 02/28/13 - 07:44 pm
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Scum. Embarrassment to the

Scum. Embarrassment to the human race. Sure hope the father of these two little ones is a good parent. But if he had children with this low-life I kind of doubt it. Glad the grandparent will seek custody of the older child who was beaten for no reason.

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happychimer 02/28/13 - 07:50 pm
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The father might be a good

The father might be a good parent.Sometimes fathers are better parents than mothers.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/28/13 - 08:05 pm
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Your

right on that one happy.

happychimer
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happychimer 02/28/13 - 08:46 pm
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Thanks CG

Thanks CG

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/28/13 - 08:53 pm
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3000000 POINTS

Yeah, but which kid won?

triscuit
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triscuit 02/28/13 - 09:43 pm
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And when they have behavior

And when they have behavior problems in school, who will they call?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/28/13 - 10:00 pm
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Dixieman, it seems to me that

Dixieman, it seems to me that they both lost.

my.voice
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my.voice 03/01/13 - 09:22 am
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I don't get it. I just don't

I don't get it. I just don't understand. We can only hope this doesn't get plead out to some crummy misdemeanor.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/01/13 - 10:23 am
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Soooo....

Was she PURPOSEFULLY trying to LOSE the custody case? Looks like she succeeded. Those poor kids...

Someone needs to take a belt to her!

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