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Mom charged with abuse after Nolensville teen found at campsite

Mom charged with abuse after Nolensville teen found at campsite


The mother of a Nolensville teenager who was missing for five days was arrested Wednesday, one day after her son was found.

Susan Smithburg, 52, faces charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Her 16-year-old son Christopher is homeschooled and mysteriously vanished while doing chores on March 27.

During the course of their investigation, authorities learned the day before the teen disappeared, his mother had disciplined him by forcing him to do 1,500 push-ups.

Smithford also allegedly slapped Christopher and shook his head. It is unclear what the disciplinary actions stemmed from.

Christopher was located around 8 p.m. near Cooks Lane close to the Rutherford-Williamson county line Tuesday.

Authorities said the teen had a camp set up in a wooded area several hundred yards away from the roadway.

Deputies reported a nearby resident spotted Smithburg earlier in the day and attempted to talk to him before the teen ran off.

The brief encounter sparked a search of the area by Williamson and Rutherford County authorities.

Hundreds of volunteers spent time searching for Smithburg since his disappearance last Thursday.

“As you know we’ve been out here since Thursday. We’ve been here pretty well around the clock making sure he’s safe. So you’re talking about manpower. You’re talking about other expenses too. So it’s been a pretty expensive endeavor,” Sheriff Jeff Long told News 2.

Smithburg was taken StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna to be examined before he is transported to a juvenile detention facility in Williamson County where he was going to face runaway charges.

It is unclear if those charges will still stand.

Susan Smithburg is being held on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 17.

Courtesy of Nashville’s News 2 WKRN


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