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Inmate assault charges follow pudding dispute

Adam Lee Smith, 35, is facing charges as the result of an alleged assault against a fellow inmate within the Warren County Jail.

At 9:03 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, a Warren City Police officer was dispatched to the Warren County Jail to speak with staff regarding an alleged assault of an inmate. Staff reported that Smith had been involved with an altercation with a fellow inmate, the victim, in the “3 Dorm” area of the county jail earlier that evening according to the affadavit of probable cause.

After speaking with the staff, the victim was interviewed while at Warren General Hospital receiving medical attention for injuries sustained in the alleged assault.

The victim alleged that Smith had given him coffee earlier Monday morning with the victim giving Smith pudding at the next meal in return. The victim added that Smith was “upset at him” because Smith believed he had “already eaten a portion of the snack.”

The victim alleged that Smith slapped him in the face earlier in the day and upon going to speak with Smith about why he was upset, Smith began screaming in his face. Video surveillance within the jail showed this incident occurring at 5:25 p.m.

The victim stated he then shoved Smith away from him and Smith began walking away “still yelling.” Smith then walked over to the bathroom area to speak further with the victim about the matter.

Video surveillance then allegedly shows Smith “kick the victim and punch him six times in the face.” Surveillance further showed the victim walk away from Smith, however Smith “walks towards the victim, who was now at his bed, and punches him in the face again.”

Medical records indicate that the victim suffered a “fractured left orbital floor and fractured left zygoma” as a result of the alleged incident.

Smith was charged with first degree felony aggravated assaulted, second degree misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment on Tuesday, Jan. 28, by Warren City Police department as a result of the incident.

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