• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Tennessee couple may regain custody of children

The Tennessee couple accused of leaving their twin infants in cold, urine-soaked clothing in the back seat of their stalled car may get their children back, according to Woodford County Attorney Alan George.

On Monday, the preliminary hearings of Crystal Cramer and Christopher Smith were waived to the Woodford County Grand Jury Monday and in exchange, their bonds were reduced. Cramer’s bond is now set at $5,000 ($500 cash) and Smith’s at $1,000 ($100 cash).

George said the couple has a May 10 hearing in Woodford Family Court involving the custody of their children, who are in foster care.

Before that, they will likely appear before the grand jury, which typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

“They have some work to do to get the children back …” George said.

In court Monday, the couple indicated they’ll likely be able to live at Smith’s mother’s home in Ashland, and authorities believe they’ll stay in the jurisdiction or return for court dates, George said. If they make bond, Smith and Cramer will be allowed to be together, and must abide by all orders from Woodford Family Court, including no drug or alcohol abuse.

About 3 a.m. on March 21, a Speedway clerk called police to report a car that had been parked next to a gas pump with its hood up for two hours. When police arrived, the couple told them they’d had car troubles. After the couple mentioned their children, police looked in the back seat and eventually saw twin six-month-old boys in car seats, with plastic bags full of clothing all around them.

Smith and Cramer were arrested and taken to the Woodford County Detention Center, where they were charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal abuse of a child (12 or under). Cramer was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and promoting contraband.

George said a lab report showed that Cramer had methamphetamine in her system.


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