Parents cry as lawyer sings for dead child

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MARIETTA, Ga. - A Cobb County prosecutor closed her case Wednesday against a mother and father charged with murdering their 8-year-old son by singing Happy Birthday over a cake.

As Joseph and Sonya Smith broke down in tears Wednesday, Senior Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Dixon reminded the Cobb County Superior Court jury that there should be more than eight candles on the cake. But she said Josef Smith was the victim of malice and felony murder committed by his parents in 2003.

The parents watched impassively through Wednesday's closing arguments until Ms. Dixon brought out the birthday cake, lit the candles and began singing for "dear Josef." The Smiths embraced and continued sobbing after Ms. Dixon finished singing.

Ms. Dixon cited testimony that items including a belt, hanger, high-heeled shoes, an extension cord, glue stick and paddle were used in what she said was a long period of abuse against the boy.

"Doctors testified these were painful injuries," Ms. Dixon said. "This wasn't discipline. This was abuse, time and time again."

Prosecutors allege Josef Smith was beaten by his parents, locked inside a wooden box and forced to stay in a closet for hours at a time before he died in October 2003.

The jury resumes deliberations at 8:30 a.m. today.

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NEone
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NEone 02/15/07 - 07:47 am
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Shouldn't take long for this

Shouldn't take long for this jury. Guilty!

getalife
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getalife 02/15/07 - 09:10 am
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Lock them up and throw away

Lock them up and throw away the key! What has happened to people??

Rose
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Rose 02/15/07 - 11:38 am
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Child abuse has not just

Child abuse has not just happened in recent yrs.My husband was beaten with belts, sticks, tools, clothes hangers, fists, and denied food as a child. Neighbors knew about the abuse but did not want to get involved.His stepdad broke his arm and he did not get medical care. It began to heal, and his mom broke it again, and they took him to a dr. They told the dr he fell, and the dr did not question them about it. Thank God people report cases like this these days.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 02/15/07 - 11:49 am
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Put them behind prison doors

Put them behind prison doors in wooden boxes themselves.

cricketflea
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cricketflea 02/15/07 - 02:02 pm
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I have a better

I have a better punishment.... string them up on courthouse square and literally skin them alive...with NOTHING for the pain. Let the yellow jackets and animals have what is left of them. They deserve nothing less for what they have done to a helpless child.

wink
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wink 02/15/07 - 04:32 pm
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These people are sick!!!! How

These people are sick!!!! How dare they cry for him know. the jury should return a GUILTY verdict very soon.

ForHim
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ForHim 02/15/07 - 05:20 pm
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Wink ... You are right. They

Wink ... You are right. They are sick! But they aren't crying for him. They are crying for themselves. They didn't care about that child. They only care that they are probably going to jail and someone in jail is going to give them what they deserve.

GotCha
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GotCha 02/15/07 - 05:25 pm
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You may be surprised to find

You may be surprised to find out that those type of people live right next door to you! Yes, they look just like your ordinary nice concerned for their children type of parents; however, they use the brainwash technique to keep the kids quiet. Sometimes homeschooling so they can use them for maids and cooks, refusing to feed them and abusing them anyway that pleases them. Then one day one of the kids CRACK or ends up DEAD! What a shame!

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Rosey_T 02/16/07 - 12:22 pm
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I am so sickened by the

I am so sickened by the actions of the two people who just had a child, because they are not parents. My biggest pet peeve is innocent children being harmed. They should receive the same pain, and worse, that they inflicted upon that innocent child.

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