Trafalgar Woman Facing Charges In Son's Drowning
Amanda May Smith (top right) is accused of killing her 3-year-old son Jacob (center). (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)
A Johnson County woman is in custody facing murder and attempted murder charges after authorities say she drowned her little boy and then swung an axe at police Monday night.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department has 33-year-old Amanda May Smith on 24-hour suicide watch. Sheriff Doug Cox and Trafalgar Police Chief Kurt Heminger say she drowned her three-year-old son Jacob Monday in her home at 711 Trafalgar Pointe Way (Apt #3) in Trafalgar and called 911.
Heminger says Smith said that her son was in a "better place." Heminger says when Trafalgar Police arrived inside the home, Smith had been in hiding and leaped from a closet swinging an axe at officers who backed out of the house. After calling the SWAT team and talking with Smith, Heminger says Smith surrendered. They later found little Jacob's body propped up in a bed, partly covered with a blanket.
They say they found pictures of Jacob turned upside down all around the bed in addition to empty prescription bottles all over the house. Authorities say over the years, they've had more than 250 "crazy encounters" with Smith. Chief Heminger says Smith had just moved to Trafalgar and during her three weeks there, she called police about three dozen times. Heminger also says Smith had locks on everything including drawers and doors inside the home.
The drowning happened on the evening Smith had her one night of court ordered unsupervised visitation with Jacob. Her mom, Wanda, who also called 911 Monday night, reportedly had custody of the boy. Meantime, Kimberly Trittipo, neighbor and close friend of the Jacob's dad Robert Krimm, says Robert was seeking custody of his son and had a custody hearing set for Thursday in Franklin. Trittipo says Jacob's birthday is March 7th. Trittipo says Robert is too upset to talk. She says when she called to tell Robert about what had happened, he was getting a tattoo of his son on his arm. She also says Smith is well-known for suffering from mental illness. Trittipo says Smith suffers from schizophrenia.
Meantime, Chief Heminger says the axe Smith used against officers was the second one she owned. Heminger says Smith's mom had confiscated an earlier axe Smith owned. Sheriff Cox says an autopsy will be performed on Jacob and they're gathering up information that will be sent to the Johnson County Prosecutor who'll likely file official charges of murder and attempted murder within the next several days. Trittipo says Smith has two or three other children. No word on their whereabouts