Man channels grief into petition to revise visitation rules


Months after his 3-year-old son was killed, Robert Crim thinks every day about what could have been done differently.

Crim’s son, Jacob Smith, was found dead in a Trafalgar apartment in February. Amanda Smith, Jacob Smith’s mother and Crim’s ex-girlfriend, was arrested on a charge of murder. Police say she drowned the little boy in her bathtub because she thought her family was turning him against her and that nothing good would come of his life.

Crim and Amanda Smith both had their visits with their son regulated by a county court after calling police and asking for help with a drug addiction. Crim said he believes that court should have closely followed Amanda Smith’s treatment and any struggles with mental illness, which had been documented in court records.

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