Mother of victim in high school choking incident wants charges dropped

Mother of victim in high school choking incident wants charges dropped
Cornelious Smith (Source: Saline County Sheriff's Office)

BRYANT, AR (KAIT/KATV) - Both the parents of the suspect and victim in a reported choking incident at Bryant High School say the event is being blown out of proportion and that charges aren’t warranted.

Cornelious Smith is accused of grabbing and choking a 17-year-old girl until she became unconscious in the school’s parking lot.

Smith was initially arrested and charged with aggravated assault but the victim’s mother tells Little Rock television station KATV that she doesn’t believe Smith tried to kill her daughter and that the two were simply involved in extreme “horse play”.

According to the victim’s mother, the two were apparently playing a “choking game”. She added Smith is a good, hardworking kid who does not deserve the charges he’s facing.

Smith is out on bond and expected to be back in court on Nov. 6.

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