Earlier this year, I wrote about a shocking case of child abuse that shook the state. (Click here for full article) In summary, Sabrina Smith allowed her six-year-old daughter to starve, only seeking medical attention when the little girl lost consciousness. The girl was admitted into medical care weighing approximately 20 pounds. Her blood sugar level was 2 and her body temperature was well under the norm. Reports claim that the child was often tied to a car seat with no padding, held down with zip ties. Her mother claimed this was to kept her from stealing food from the kitchen cabinets.
Now Smith, accused of attempted murder and child abuse, has been granted a reduction in bond. The original bond was set at half a million dollars. According to WVVA news, a judge has lowered the bond to $75,000. Smith has since posted bond and was released under the condition that she wear an ankle monitor, but her former roommate Amanda Wills is still being held at the state’s Southern Regional Jail pending a felony trial.
At the time of her arrest, Smith claimed that she loved her children and would be fighting to get them back. Smith has 6 known biological children, although only one was visibly abused. All children are currently in foster care. It is said that the other children in the family would assist in the abuse of their sibling.
On a positive note, the Register-Herald reports that the little girl is in a much better state. The report claims that she is currently in a foster home and is slowly gaining weight and is in good spirits, although she is unable to walk unassisted. The ability of this child to overcome the trauma and sadness she has seen and still be able to smile is truly amazing.
This is a terrible case, but child abuse is far from rare. If you know of a child that is being abused or neglected, please report it to a local agency. Most states have confidential reporting hot lines. Abuse doesn’t just mean being beaten. It can mean being starved, molested, raped, psychologically tortured or neglected. As you’ve read above, even a parent can be an abuser. Child abuse occurs on all economic levels and across the world. This little girl beat all odds and survived, but not all little ones’ stories have happy endings. Your call could save a life.
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