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UPDATE: Mother, boyfriend arrested in 'severe' abuse of 14-month-old

August 16th, 2013 7:50 am by Wes Bunch, NET News Service

UPDATE: Mother, boyfriend arrested in 'severe' abuse of 14-month-old

Crystal Gail Smith and Donald Wayne Snodgrass

GATE CITY, Va. —  A Scott County mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the "severe abuse" of her 14-month-old son, who reportedly had two black eyes and was found living in deplorable conditions.

According to Scott County Sheriff John Puckett, Crystal Gail Smith, 22, of Nickelsville, Va., was arrested today on charges of felony child abuse and neglect. Her live-in boyfriend, Donald Wayne Snodgrass, 29, of Nickelsville, was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. by the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Puckett said Snodgrass is suspected of most of the abuse inflicted on the child, who reportedly suffered black eyes, a fractured skull and is experiencing bleeding on the brain. Snodgrass is charged with aggravated malicious wounding of a child and felony abuse and neglect as a result.


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