Man alleged to have hit son in fight with boy’s mother enters plea


A Mountain Home man charged with hitting a 6-year-old boy during an altercation with the child’s mother pled not guilty to charges of domestic battery during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.Twenty-eight-year-old Chase Smith was arrested April 8th after a Mountain Home police officer responded to reports of a domestic altercation between an adult male and female.

When the officer questioned the female about the incident involving the two adults, the woman reported Smith had also hit her son. According to the probable cause affidavit, the boy said “his father had hit and choked him.” Records in the Domestic Relations Division of Baxter County Circuit Court indicate Smith is the biological father of two children born while he was involved in a relationship with the children’s mother.

The MHPD officer said he did not see signs of choking, but reported the boy had a “severely swollen right eye with what appeared to be a laceration below it and a mark on his nose.

At the time Judge Jason Duffy signed a probable cause document in the case, he ordered Smith have no contact with the minor child victim.

Smith, who is currently free on $5,000 bond, was ordered to reappear in circuit court April 25th.

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