(Trafalgar) - A mother accused of drowning her 3-year-old son has now been accused of assaulting a jailer.
Amanda Smith was supposed to appear before a judge through a television monitor Wednesday afternoon, but that did not happen. According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox, at 11:20 a.m. a jailer went to check on her. Cox said Smith attacked him. Smith is staying in a padded cell on suicide watch.
"She rushed the officer from behind, pushing him to the ground," said Sheriff Cox in a written statement. "I can't discuss the injuries inflicted, but they were serious enough for treatment at Johnson Memorial Hospital."
Cox said Smith could be charged with battery.
Smith has not been formally charged with murder and attempted murder for her son's death.
Monday, deputies and Trafalgar police detectives were called to the 700 block of West Trafalgar Point Way. When officers got there, they found 3-year-old Jacob Smith. He was described as lifeless. Officers said Smith then came out of a closet, swinging an ax. Smith eventually surrendered.
Robert Crim, Jacob's father was emotional when he expressed how upset he was, stating the courts failed him.
"They were blind. It was right in front of their face and they just looked past it," said Crim.
Crim was trying to get custody of his son. There was a hearing scheduled March 14.
"The courts, Mark Loyd, Judge Mark Loyd and CASA, they knew. They knew she was unstable from day one," said Crim.
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