*Bradyn Smith may have only been 4-years-old when he saw his mom and dad fighting after he had been placed on a time-out, but he is very clear on what he saw, and he wants the judge to reconsider the early release of his mother from prison as a result.
So in a letter at her hearing on Wednesday, he stated that he wants his mother to remain in prison and wrote this to Judge Peeler, in his best 10-year-old penmanship.
“Dear Judge Peeler: I feel that my mom should stay in prison because I seen her stab my dad clean through the heart with my sister in his arms,” Bradyn wrote in pencil. “…Life for me would be 10 times better if mom didn’t kill my dad because that took a big amount of happiness out of mine and my sister’s life.”
But did the judge listen to the child?
Bradyn told police who arrived at the scene of his parents home, that he saw his dad shove his mom, she grabbed a knife and drove it into his chest before tossing it in the sink.
His father, Robert Takach, who was 25 at the time, passed away at the hospital and his mother, Shannon Smith, now 29, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and evidence tampering in 2009. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
But Smith appeared in a Warren County, Ohio courtroom on Wednesday, asking for early release. And the judge granted it. She will now leave prison on December 16.
“We’re happy that the decision was made to let her out early,” said her attorney, Charlie Rittgers. “We know it was a difficult decision for everyone involved. Hopefully she can start to mend her relationships and reunite with her children.”
Smith will be on community control (which is similar to probation) for the remaining three years of her original term.
But family members are definitely not jumping for joy. Especially Takach’s mother, Patty Todd.
“The judge said she needed to be out to be there for her children — but her children are afraid of her,” Todd said. “She took a life in front of her children. The court just disregarded the children’s lives, my son’s life.”