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Hephzibah Mom Waited 3 Hours to Seek Medical Attention


The Jail Report has exclusive details on the accusations against a Hephzibah mother whose 2-year-old son died over the weekend.

Katherine Smith, 39, is accused of shaking Mason Smith “back and forth followed by slapping him in the face in an attempt to revive him because he has Breath Holding Syndrome,” according to documents obtained by The Jail Report.

Smith “allowed (her son) to lie on the bed while he was unresponsive for around three hours before seeking medical attention,” the document states.

Smith has been in jail since Thursday for child cruelty charges after Mason ended up in the hospital the day before. But he died Saturday from his injuries, and the mother may face new charges.

Documents show that Mason was admitted to Georgia Regents University, where medical staff said he had suffered from “retinal hemorrhaging behind both of his eyes, minimal brain activity, healing rib fractures on his right side, herniating bleed on the left side of his brain and his pupils were fixed and dilated.”

Smith claimed she put her son in the corner of his room July 30 to discipline him and heard a thud while out of the room, authorities said. She returned to find him on the floor.

Smith told officers her son has a syndrome which causes him to hold his breath until he passes out. But the injuries suggest long-term abuse.

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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. Death would be too good for this monster! If she is convicted, her suffering should be legendary. There is no excuse for a two year old to have signs of long-term abuse. These people make me so irate! That child did not deserve it, but Ms. Smith deserves so much more!

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