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*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?


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