Arrest Made in Child Abuse Investigation

Scott Allen Smith, 29, of Charlestown; was arrested Wednesday following a three-week investigation conducted by detectives with the Charlestown Police Department. Tuesday, May 10th 2022, a toddler aged child was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, presenting several serious and unexplained injuries. Officers of the Charlestown Police Department, including detectives responded to Norton’s facility and initiated a criminal investigation. During the course of the investigation, numerous individuals who had reportedly been around or in close proximity to the injured child were interviewed. Among the individuals interviewed was Scott Smith, who was the live in boyfriend of the child’s mother; residing in the 300 block of Marshall Drive. Investigators, including those with Norton Hospital’s Pediatric Protection Team and the Indiana Department of Child Services, were able to pinpoint a specific timeframe of which the child’s injuries indicated that they had occurred, specifically the most severe injuries. Further investigation revealed that Smith had been alone with the child for a period of approximately thirty minutes, corresponding with the suspected time frame; while the child’s mother ran a local errand. Detective Jason Broady sought and obtained an arrest warrant for Smith; following several interviews with Smith and the child’s mother. The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office filed Detective Broady’s investigation with Clark Circuit Court #4; resulting in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Smith on Wednesday, June 1st. Later the same day, Smith was located and taken into custody by Charlestown Police Department officers, and subsequently transported to the Clark County Jail, charged with Aggravated Battery and Neglect of a Dependent, both Level 3 Felonies. Detectives credit the Indiana Department of Child Services, Pediatric Protection Specialists at Norton Children’s Hospital, the Indiana State Police Polygraph Division, and Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull for cooperation in the pursuit of seeking justice for this injured child.
*Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law