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Jury finds man guilty of child abuse
by Zack Steen
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A three-day domestic violence trial ended late Thursday in Alcorn County Circuit Court.

A jury found Michael Lynn Smith guilty on felony child abuse and domestic violence charges stemming from offenses that occurred more than two years ago.

In December 2015, a grand jury returned a two-count indictment accusing Smith of causing bodily harm to his three-year-old step-daughter and strangling or attempting to strangle the woman who was his wife at the time. The incident happened on October 6, 2015.

During the second day of the trial on Wednesday, Corinth Police detective Heather Russell took the stand and said, compared to other child abuse cases she had investigated, “This is the worst case that I’ve seen,” she said.

Russell said the child appeared to be in pain when she met with her.

Testifying for the prosecution, Smith’s former wife, Kelsey Moore of Booneville, described several instances of violence against herself and the discovery of injuries on her daughter.

After the injuries to the child, “I knew I had to get out for her sake,” said Moore.

They divorced in February 2016 after about eight months of marriage.

“The trial jury had plenty of evidence to convict Smith,” said District Attorney John Weddle. “Smith was the only person who could have inflicted the multiple injuries to the young child.”

Weddle added “one day when this child is old enough to understand what happened in this case, she can be content that justice was served.”

Smith will be sentenced next week.

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