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Sheriff Batten speaks with WWAY regarding possible assault in Columbus County

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We continue our coverage tonight on the Ida Smith case with an interview with the Columbus County Sheriff. WWAY spoke to Sheriff Chris Batten this afternoon about the 85-year-old Bolton woman whose family thinks she may have been assaulted in her home. Sheriff Batten sat down with us for over an hour to answer questions and help clarify information in the case. The family originally contacted us with concerns that the injuries to their aunt had not been adequately investigated. As a result of our interview this afternoon with the Sheriff, more details on the case and investigation are becoming clearer. Sheriff Batten said he had been in contact with Smith's family since the case was closed last October and informed them of the status of the investigation, and apologized if the family had not been formally notified the case had been officially closed. He said he wanted to have adequate time to review the case before sitting down with us, and even though the case had been closed, he reopened it after our report to make sure his investigators did not miss anything, and to ensure Smith's family was satisfied with their findings. "We want to, as a sheriffs office, to make sure the family and the community is relatively comfortable in knowing that we covered everything we could possibly cover to make sure a crime did or didn't occur," said Batten. Despite the fact that Ms. Smith had been severely injured, including two broken legs, Sheriff Batten said all of the evidence pointed to a serious fall, and not an assault. Ms. Smith suffers from a degenerative bone disease, which likely contributed to the extent of her injuries. There was also no evidence of any forced entry, or any kind of struggle. Another complicating factor is that Ms. Smith suffers from dementia and could not tell investigators exactly what had happened to her.

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Sheriff Batten

Sheriff Batten does not do his job like he should this is not the first time something has happen and he close the case. We just need another sheriff that will get the job done right.

In Columbus County their are

In Columbus County their are people who count and those who do not. Recently a 22 year old boy was found hanging in his back yard. This was treated as a sucide even though the police had been called the night before because of a violent altercation between him and his live in girlfriends family and new boyfriend. The cause of death was affixation not a broken neck. When a neighbor finally saw the young man hanging and called the police, his girlfriend and her new boyfriend came out of the house together. According to the Columbus County Law Enforcement there was no reason to question this death. I wonder how many questions would have been raised if the young man's last name would have been Batten, Hill, or Soles?

Sheriff Batten is so nice.

Sheriff Batten is so nice. I'm sure he's doing everything in his power to help. We're lucky to have him here!