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Several Family Members Voice Their Support For Man Charged In Son's Death

Reported: May. 22, 2014 12:36 PM EDT
Updated: May. 22, 2014 12:56 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Several family members of a man facing child abuse resulting in death charges said they stand behind him and support him.

"His family is behind him 100 percent," said the mother of Robert Jeremy Smith, who asked Eyewitness News not to report her name. "Jeremy has five children, three (are) stepchildren and he is wonderful to all of them."

Smith's mother said she was coming home from Maryland on Wednesday to find her Hurricane home turned into a crime scene.

Police allege her grandson died inside her house.

"I held him for the first time this weekend and I was with Jeremy at the time when I held him and Jeremy just loves him," she said. "Jeremy loves all of his children, and he loves his stepchildren too."

Smith's mother fears her son dropped the baby by accident, then panicked and didn't know what to do.

Court records paint that picture but also state he admitted to police that he shook the infant.

Smith's brother, Barry, also is standing by his family and said his brother had an issue with his arm making it difficult to hold onto things.

"I get tore up if my daughter scrapes her knee, so I can't imagine what he's going through right now," Barry Smith said.

Family members now want to pass along a message to Jeremy Smith that they are standing behind him no matter what.

"I am worried about him because he needs to know that his family is behind him," Barry Smith said. "He needs to know that he has a lot of people praying for him and that God is in his corner."

Eyewitness News also reached out to Robert Jeremy Smith's wife, Jennifer, who is the mother of their infant son. She could not be reached for comment.



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