Man accused of beating pregnant woman has history of violence


MENTALLY ILL AND IT’S NOT THE
FIRST TIME. NEAR THE BUSY LEBLOND POOL, AT
11:00 ON A JUNE MORNING, A WOMAN
NINE MONTHS PREGNANT WAS
VIOLENTLY ATTACKED. POLICE SAY ANTHONY SMITH BEAT
THE WOMAN AND ATTEMPTED TO RAPE
HER. THE ATTACK WAS STOPPED BY MEN AT
THE POOL, BUT SOME SAY IT SHOULD
HAVE BEEN STOPPED LONG BEFORE.>>HE WAS FOUND INCOMPENTENT AND
HE WAS HELD AT SUMMIT BEHAVIORAL
HEALTH CENTER. BRIAN: IN A HEARING TODAY,
PROBATE JUDGE RALPH WINKLER IS
LOOKING OVER RECORDS HE’S SEEN
BEFORE. SMITH HAS BEEN HERE ON OTHER
VIOLENT OFFENSES, FOUND MENTALLY
ILL ON ALL OF THEM, BUT HAS ALSO
BEEN RELEASED AFTER ALL OF THEM.>>I JUST WANTED TO BE CLEAR
THAT IT’S NOT A COURT DECISION,
IT’S A DOCTOR DECISION, BECAUSE
JUDGES CAN’T DETERMINE WHEN
SOMEONE IS MENTALLY HEALTHY
ENOUGH TO BE RELEASED. BRIAN: SMITH WAS AT SUMMIT
BEHAVORIAL CENTER, AND WINKLER
SAYS THEY DECIDED WHEN HE WAS
WELL ENOUGH TO LEAVE, EVEN
THOUGH SMITH WAS CHARGED WITH
HITTING A PERSON IN THE FACE IN MAY OF LAST YEAR. IN OCTOBER 2017, A DEPUTY WAS
INJURED ARRESTING SMITH ON A
BURGLARY CHARGE. IN NOVEMBER, WHILE IN SUMMIT, HE
WAS ACCUSED OF PUNCHING ANOTHER
PERSON IN THE FACE. IN APRIL, HE WAS FOUND MENTALLY
INCOMPENTENT ON ALL OF THEM, BUT
TWO MONTHS LATER HE WAS RELEASED
FROM SUMMI
>>WHEN A PERSON IS
HOSPITALIZED, THE COURT CANNOT ORDER THEM TO THEM TO BE
HOSPITALIZED FOR ANY PARTICULAR
PERIOD OF TIME. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY CAN’T SAY
THIS PERSON NEEDS TO BE IN
SUMMIT BEHAVIORIAL FOR FIVE
YEARS. BRIAN: JAMES BOGEN IS SMITH’S
PROBATE ATTORNEY.>>THEY DO TAKE HISTORY INTO
ACCOUNT. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WITH
COMPETENCY, THEY LOOK AT THE
PERSON’S CURRENT STATE OF MIND. BRIAN: SUMMIT IS PART OF THE
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL
HEALTH. NO ONE FROM THAT AGENCY RETURNED
CALLS ABOUT THE CASE
FORTUNATELY, THE WOMAN AND HER
BABY ARE EXPECTED TO RECOV

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