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Thursday, August 6, 2009

[FL] Orange County Deputy Steven Smith stops their 8 year old from calling police to help her screaming mother, but...

...Officers said the children were hysterical, and the 8-year-old explained that she was sleeping when she heard her mother screaming at her to call 911... The girl said Smith took the phone from her when she tried to call 911, told her that her mother was going to jail and shook her and told her to calm down...

Things didn't turn out the way that it appears that Deputy Smith had hoped. (He works in Narcotics. The articles below make you wonder if his arrests are clean.)

TAVARES POLICE =

Deputy Charged With Domestic Assault
Girl Says Mother Screamed To Call 911

Local6.com
POSTED: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
UPDATED: 2:52 pm EDT August 5, 2009
An Orange County sheriff's deputy was arrested after allegedly threatening his wife. Tavares police responded to a home on Foxtree Road after a young girl called 911 and said a man said a knife had been pulled on him. Officers said they found Steven Smith, a narcotics deputy, at the home. He told the officers his wife had pulled a knife on him and put it in the sink. Officers said no knife was found in the sink. Two children were in the home at the time, Smith and his wife's 2-year-old and his wife's 8-year-old daughter. Officers said the children were hysterical, and the 8-year-old explained that she was sleeping when she heard her mother screaming at her to call 911. The girl told officers she saw Smith holding her mother down on the bed and threatening to hit her. The girl said Smith took the phone from her when she tried to call 911, told her that her mother was going to jail and shook her and told her to calm down. She said she never saw her mother holding a knife. Smith was arrested on domestic assault charges and taken to the Lake County Jail. [LINK]

DEPUTY ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGE
Orlando Sentinel
Amy L. Edwards and Anthony Colarossi
12:53 PM EDT, August 5, 2009
An Orange County deputy was arrested today on domestic assault charges, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputy Steven Smith was arrested by Tavares police. An arrest affidavit states that Tavares Police responded to a residence after receiving a 911 call from a child at about 1:31 a.m. today. Smith, 30, told police that "his wife pulled a knife on him, which was lying in the sink," the report says. But an 8-year-old girl in the home told police that she was sleeping and then woke up and "heard my mommy screaming, 'Call 911,'" the report says. The child said she ran to the kitchen to grab the phone and while passing the bedroom door, she saw "my daddy holding my mommy down on the bed and he was going to hit her," according to the affidavit. The child then called 911, but said that Smith grabbed the phone from her, the report says. "After he hung the phone up, he told her mommy that she was going to jail," the officer noted in the report. The child said she did not see her mother holding a knife or walking toward her father with a knife. The adult victim, Smith's wife of three years, said she could only remember Smith grabbing her, shaking her and stating, "You need to calm down," the report says. "She stated she has never seen him so angry and she was afraid that [he] was going to hit her." Smith was then arrested for the domestic assault charge and brought to the Lake County Jail. Smith, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2000, is assigned to the narcotics unit. He has been relieved of duty with pay, the Sheriff's Office said. Once released from jail, he will be assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the criminal and an internal investigation. [LINK]
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