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Man accused of strangling and burning children
Christopher Smith held without bond at county jail
FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man is being held without bond at the county jail after allegedly injuring two children and cutting a man with a knife.
Christopher Smith, 33, was arrested Tuesday and accused of nine felony charges, including three counts of abuse of a child, aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault, according to the criminal complaint.
Smith is accused of being highly intoxicated and slicing one man with a knife, burning a child's arm with a lit cigarette, strangling another child and threatening two people with a knife, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Graham Gurnee, Smith's public defender, could not be reached for comment today.
Deputies for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched around 5:48 p.m. Monday to a residence on County Road 3089 northwest of Aztec on a report of a stabbing.
A female witness told a deputy that Smith was highly intoxicated and was treating three children poorly.
Smith is accused of grabbing one child, pinning him to a wall and then burning the child's right arm with a lit cigarette. The child was able to break free of Smith's grasp and leave the room.
Smith then allegedly grabbed another child from behind and started strangling the child with his arm. Two witnesses were able to free the child, and the child left the room, according to court documents.
A female witness told a deputy that Smith grabbed a large kitchen knife and began chasing her. A male witness got in between the woman and Smith to keep the woman from being stabbed.
The man was allegedly cut once on an arm by Smith as the two men struggled over the knife, the affidavit states.
The female witness told police Smith said he would make it "even" and then proceeded to cut his own arm several times. A juvenile male jumped in between the two men and separated them.
Smith allegedly put down the knife in the kitchen sink and attempted to clean the blood off the floor with a towel.
The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed two motions Tuesday to revoke Smith's conditions of release on a pending case in Aztec District Court and hold Smith without bond pending trial, according to the motions.
In the pending case, Smith is accused of headbutting a juvenile male twice and breaking one of the victim's teeth, and causing damage to a residence, according to court documents.
District Judge John Dean Jr. ordered Smith's conditions of release be revoked on Wednesday, according to the order.
The DA's Office said in the motion that Smith violated two conditions of his release by consuming alcohol and being in contact with the victim and witnesses in the pending case when he was arrested Monday.
The expedited motion for pretrial detention stated Smith becomes violent when intoxicated, and many of his crimes are committed with children in close proximity, endangering them.
Chief District Judge Karen Townsend ordered Smith be held without bond pending trial during a hearing this morning in Aztec District Court, according San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien.
He was incarcerated today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.