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Hephzibah woman charged with child cruelty after 2-year-old son dies

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8:29 PM
Last updated Monday, Aug 4, 2014 7:00 PM
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A 2-year-old boy whose mother was arrested on a child cruelty charge after he was hospitalized Friday has died, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Katherine Smith was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Cen­ter on a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree, according to jail records. It wasn't immediately known whether her charges will be upgraded.   HAND OUT
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Katherine Smith was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Cen­ter on a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree, according to jail records. It wasn't immediately known whether her charges will be upgraded.


Mason Smith, who was being treated for head injuries at the Chil­dren’s Hospital of Georgia, was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m., Bowen said. An autopsy is scheduled for early this week at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta.

Deputies were called to the hospital early Friday and spoke with the child’s mother, Katherine Smith, who said she had sent him to the corner of his room to discipline him, then later heard a “thud” and returned to find him on the floor. She told police that he suffered from a syndrome that causes him to hold his breath until he loses consciousness.

She was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Cen­ter on a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree, according to jail records. It wasn’t immediately known whether her charges will be upgraded.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/02/14 - 09:21 pm
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If she did this, I hope her

If she did this, I hope her sorry butt stays in prison a long, long, time.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 08/03/14 - 06:27 am
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and yet ANOTHER candidate for

and yet ANOTHER candidate for sterilization!! yeah, i know, the taxpayer would probably have to pay for all these sterilizations, but hey, look how much money we would save in the long run, when we don't have to support all these mamas and their little monkeys, through ebt cards, medical care, housing, free breakfast and lunch at school, phones, internet, 'caregiving', and all those perks for 18+ years....

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/03/14 - 06:53 am
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What the H is going on with the recent spate of poor childcare? Has it become the choice of getting rid of children by neglecting them? Has Casey Anthony's success as killing off her daughter without getting convicted of murder emboldened heartless people? Don't have them if you can't or won't take proper care of them.

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hoptoad 08/03/14 - 08:06 am
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Another good reason to

Another good reason to prosecute child neglect cases even when the child was lucky enough to live or be unharmed because of a good samaritan.

Some of these people eventually will do something else harmful to their child/children.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/03/14 - 08:07 am
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Given the mixed information & Claimed medical issues

I'll hold off until more facts are released.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/04/14 - 01:10 pm
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Nurse ??!!

I heard somewhere she is a nurse. What hospital ??

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