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Child-Killing Mother Put On Suicide Watch

Tue., Oct. 24, 1995

Susan Smith was put back under a suicide watch in prison for a day after the birthday of one of her two murdered sons.

She got a “completely bare cell, paper gown, fireproof blanket, nothing to read, nothing to write with, just nothing, nothing, nothing,” her attorney David Bruck said Monday. “I think they allowed her to have a Bible.”

Prisons spokesman John Barkley confirmed that Smith, 24, was put under a suicide watch on Oct. 11.

She is serving a life sentence for drowning her sons, Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months, by rolling her car into a lake. Michael would have turned 4 on Oct. 10.

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