A 10-year-old boy wrote a letter to the judge presiding over his mother’s case asking that he keep her in prison for the stabbing death of his father.
"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,” Bradyn’s letter, written in pencil on a piece of loose leaf paper, reads, as obtained by WLWT.
At 4 years old, Bradyn and his sister Brooklynn, then 15 months, witnessed their mother, Shannon Smith, stab their father, Robbie Takach, in the heart inside their home in Franklin, Ohio.
"Life for me would be 10 times better if mom didn't kill my dad,” Bradyn wrote. “That took a big amount of happiness out of mine and my sister's lives.”
Smith stabbed Takach and then pulled the knife out of his chest.
"She pulled out the knife, she washed it clean and put it in the sink,” Bradyn’s grandmother, Patty Todd, recounts.
During the trial in 2010, Smith claimed self-defense for the murder of Takach, stating she was trying to protect herself and her unborn baby from being killed when she fatally stabbed him, Journal-News reported.
“I meant to cut him but from my understanding, I did worse,” Smith told detectives. “I wanted to cut him in the arm but I went down further.”
Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but may be released on parole after serving a little more than half her sentence.
"I wanted 10 years for Bradyn and Brooklynn," Todd told WLWT. "Bradyn would be 15 and Brooklynn would be 13 and they would be old enough to make their own decisions."
Todd plans to fight Smith’s parole with Bradyn’s letter.
"I think it would be better for me and my sister if my mom would stay in prison cause I am afraid of her," Bradyn wrote in the letter. "I have seen what she did to my dad."
The judicial release hearing is set for Nov. 4. with Judge Robert Peeler.
"There's no question that this was a tragic story for both families, and I do know that Shannon is genuinely remorseful for her actions and hopes that at some point Robbie's family will be able to forgive her,” Charlie Rittgers, Smith’s attorney, told WLWT.