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Off the Wall News: Mom de-aged her son by 2 years

Jamie Page, The Tennessean • May 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM

FRANKLIN – After experiencing what he called a "Perry Mason moment," Judge Ernie Williams today in Williamson County General Sessions Court dismissed child abuse and neglect charges against Susan Swafford Smithburg.

Williams was referring to the revelation that Smithburg had "re-aged" her son, Christopher J. Smithburg, essentially making him 16 years old, when, in fact, he is 18.

The charges against Susan Smithburg stem from allegations of excessive punishment of the teen.

During today's preliminary hearing, the Nolensville mother testified that in 2006 she changed the boy's birth date from Feb. 6, 1996, to the same date in 1998, which would have made him 16 at the time the abuse and neglect charges were made.

Our partners at The Tennessean have more on the case.

Earlier report: Tennessee mom accused of abusing son who ran away after orders of 1,500 pushups for lying about toast

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