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Boy, 10, sends judge plea to keep mom in prison

New York Daily News New York Daily News 1/11/2015 MELISSA CHAN
In a screen grab, Patty Todd wiped away tears as she reads a letter written by her 10-year-old grandson, Bradyn. © WLWT-TV In a screen grab, Patty Todd wiped away tears as she reads a letter written by her 10-year-old grandson, Bradyn.

A traumatized Ohio boy who watched in horror as his mother stabbed his father to death wrote a heartrending letter asking a judge not to release her from prison.

"Dear Judge Peeler, I feel that my mom should stay in prison because I seen her stab my dad clean through the heart with my sister in his arms," little Bradyn Takach wrote. "That took a big amount of happiness out of my and my sister's lives."

The 10-year-old from Middletown, who was 4 when he witnessed the terrifying scene at home, handwrote the two-page letter to be read in court next week at his mother's early parole hearing, WLWT exclusively reported.

It's been nearly six years, but the wounds are still fresh for Bradyn who lives in fear of his mother, Shannon Smith.

"Life for me would be 10 times better if mom didn't kill my dad," he said in the letter to Judge Robert Peeler.

Smith was convicted in 2010 of voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the fatal 2009 stabbing of the children's father Robert Takach II.

The children's grandmother, who now raises them, told WLWT that Smith plunged a steak knife into his heart, pulled it out, "washed it clean" and put it in the sink.

"It was like letting the water out of a dam," Patty Todd, the victim's mother, said through tears.

Robert Takach was 25 when he died.

Smith has served nearly six years of her 10-year sentence.

"I think it would be better for me and my sister if my mom would stay in prison because I'm afraid of her," Bradyn wrote. "I have seen what she did to my dad."

Smith is set to appear for a judicial release hearing on Nov. 4.

The judge who handed down her sentence had ripped her in court several years ago, calling her a “violent person” who has “shattered the lives of four generations of this family.”

“It’s indescribable what happened here,” Peeler said at the time, according to Dayon Daily News. “It is a tragedy for everyone in this room that is here on both sides.”

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