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Judge grants bond to Augusta mother seen encouraging children to fight in YouTube video

Friday, March 15, 2013 6:45 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 16, 2013 1:40 AM
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A judge granted bond Friday to an Augusta woman seen in a video hitting a child with a belt, encouraging her two preschool children to fight, and laughing and clapping as her 5-year-old knocks her little brother down and repeatedly hits him with her fists.

Tracy Ann Smith, 34, has been in jail since her arrest last month, when the video posted to YouTube was played in an emergency child custody hearing in Richmond Coun­ty Superior Court.

Judge J. David Roper issued warrants against Smith and granted temporary custody of the 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy to their father. Since her arrest, Smith’s 10-year-old child, who has a different father, has been living with Smith’s parents.

On Friday, Assistant District Attor­ney Adam Land described the video to Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. It shows Smith encouraging the two youngest children to fight – which included choking – and to keep at it when they wanted to stop, Land said.

When the fight ended, Smith is seen grabbing a belt and hitting her oldest son repeatedly as he lay curled in a fetal position, Land said.

Smith’s attorney, Laumin­nia Nivens, said Friday that Smith’s family and a neighbor believe she is an exemplary mother who is very involved in her children’s activities.

The judge set a $20,000 bond for Smith and said she is not to have any unsupervised contact with her children while the charges are pending.

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RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 03/15/13 - 07:34 pm
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Smith’s attorney Laumin­nia

Smith’s attorney Laumin­nia Nivens said Friday that Smith’s family and a neighbor believe she is an exemplary mother who is very involved in her children’s education and activities.

Street Brawling and Thugery 101

griff6035
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griff6035 03/15/13 - 08:11 pm
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No good mother

Where are the Pastors on this?

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 03/15/13 - 10:31 pm
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Really???

An exemplary mother? Maybe for a rat, they do eat their own young. It's really sad that the courts can't take her children away forever and then surgically sterilize her. Then to top it all off, this 'exemplary' mother thinks it's a great idea to post a video of her 'parenting skills'. What a piece of...um,...work she is!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/16/13 - 05:53 am
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Bring back the orphanages!

Bring back the orphanages!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/16/13 - 06:04 am
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Ahhhh ! come on

She was just teaching them street culture.
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I agree with Riverman1....
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I mostly agree with others

Bring back sterilization for certain crimes, to include males that do the bunny rabbit donor thing with dozens of women.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/16/13 - 08:00 am
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WWHHAAT!!

What possible motive could she have for this nonesense....does not compute---
I must be outta the loop as they said on another article...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/16/13 - 08:16 am
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One Word

"Sick"

Darby
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Darby 03/16/13 - 12:06 pm
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How about we build a time...

machine and send her back to ancient Greece? I'm thinking that she would have made a great Spartan mother.

m122b
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m122b 03/16/13 - 06:09 pm
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she does not know better.........

most likely her parents did this to her and so she is doing the same to her kids. The neighbors who claim she is a good mother, may do the same to their kids !

oldandwise
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oldandwise 03/17/13 - 09:54 am
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Is it any wonder that there

Is it any wonder that there is so much black on black crime? Mothers should be nurturing their children, not encouraging them to fight. Clearly this Mother does not know what to do - maybe she was treated this way when she was a child. But in order to not give her children the idea that this is how they should raise their children, (if they survive), she should be forced to learn different "Mothering" tactics. Otherwise - her children should live with someone else!

concernmom
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concernmom 03/17/13 - 07:46 pm
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"reality tv/you tube" notoriety at any cost...

This is just another example of people going at any length to have some type of notoriety in our narcissistic, self-absorbed society. It's just a sad commentary on the way people will sell themselves and their children for some weird "15 minutes" of infamous behavior. This twisted, sick mother needs her computer and her cell phone taken away if she makes bond. She's obviously too immature to be trusted with such technology.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/18/13 - 09:19 am
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"eyess be not dont mean to
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"eyess be not dont mean to makes my chilins fite each otha, me jes be boord cause i dont not work cause it make me lose my welfare and EBT"...if she is an exemplary mother then byron de la beckwith was a leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. but folks what you have is a "scumbag" lawyer willing to do or say anything (so she gets paid) and so this welfare moocher, leech, and parasitic brood mare can get her kids back and next teach them how to count and weigh "rock" while she still get "her welfare/EBT" cause she jes a "po" black woman trying to raise her kids. i am surprised her lawyer didn't tell her to get "knocked up" in order to gain sympathy before her trial...

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