UPDATE: Mother of runaway Nolensville teen bonds out of jail


UPDATE: Mother of runaway Nolensville teen bonds out of jail

Brentwood Home Page news reports

Susan Swafford Smithburg of Nolensville was bonded out of the Williamson County Jail on Thursday. Smithburg, 52, was arrested on Wednesday, shortly after her 16-year-old adopted son Christopher Smithburg was found after being missing for nearly six days.

Susan Swafford Smithburg of Nolensville was bonded out of the Williamson County Jail on Thursday.

Smithburg, 52, was arrested on Wednesday, shortly after her 16-year-old adopted son Christopher Smithburg was found after being missing for nearly six days.

The Nolensville woman was at the judicial center for Christopher’s juvenile court hearing when she was arrested.

Authorities believe an altercation between the teenager and Susan Smithburg caused him to run away. Susan Smithburg is accused of requiring the teen to do 1,500 pushups the day before his disappearance on March 27 as punishment for telling a lie about burning toast.

Smithburg also allegedly hit the teen in the head when he could not finish the pushups and told him to continue the next day.

Law enforcement found the teenager unharmed Tuesday night camping out in a wooded area with survival supplies approximately two miles from his Rocky Fork Road home.

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Authorities can divulge little about Christopher Smithburg as all juvenile records are confidential, but he and two other minors living in the Smithburg house are being removed from the home, according to WSMV.    

Petitioned as a runaway, Christopher Smithburg spent the night in the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center.

District Attorney Kim Helper and Zannie Martin, assistant director at Williamson County Juvenile Court, said juvenile court will evaluate the situation going forward with delinquency charges.

“Juvenile court is a court designed to look at the best interest of the child. Whereas adult court focuses on punishment, we treat and rehabilitate. We take cases in their totality, and [Judge Sharon Guffee] is very devoted to making decisions for young people to get on track and stay on track,” Martin said.

“The juvenile court philosophy is to look at the case as a whole and decide what’s best for our kids,” Martin added.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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