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Mother of Nolensville Teen Arrested

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UPDATE (7:20 p.m.):  According to police, Susan Smithburg got upset with 16-year-old Christopher Smithburg before he ran away for telling a lie about making toast. As a punishment, she allegedly made him do 1,500 pushups. After about four hours of pushups, Christopher was reportedly unable to continue. It adds that Smithburg placed both hands on Christopher's head and slapped it "with some force."

Police also say Smithburg denied Christopher, who is adopted, food. Authorities said Christopher has two other adopted siblings, a 17-year-old brother and a 10-year-old sister, who are now in state custody.

Police say Christopher was found with a book sack with food, a poncho, clothing, rubber boots, a bow and arrow, and a machete.


The mother of the Nolensville teen who ran away from home last week and was found in Smyrna Tuesday was arrested Wednesday, according to a press release from authorities sent out Wednesday.

Susan Swafford Smithburg, 52, of Nolensville, was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Christopher Smithburg, 16, was found after a six-day search. Smithburg was adopted.

The mother is being held on $100,000 bond. Her first court date is set for April 17 at 1 p.m. in Williamson County General Sessions Court.

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