A Ketchum woman was charged with felony domestic battery in the presence of a child following an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 31. The Ketchum Police Department became involved when the woman’s husband called for assistance.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Ketchum Police Officer Allen Compton, he responded to a residence on Fourth Avenue just before 9 p.m., after the husband had called the police “because his wife had too much to drink.” Compton found Jeanne Lee Smith, 47, and her husband arguing outside their residence. The husband allegedly had blood all over his face and down his chest, according to the affidavit.
The husband told Compton that after picking up Smith from Lefty’s Bar and Grill, “she became hostile and punched him several times in the face as they were driving back to the house,” the affidavit states. The husband showed Compton blood in the vehicle splattered on the driver’s window and across the center console. The couple continued to scuffle when they returned to the residence, “where [Smith] pushed her way into the house and tried pushing [the husband] outside. After [the husband] was pushed outside [Smith] grabbed one of their children who was outside and pulled him into the house,” according to the affidavit.
When Compton attempted to speak with Smith about the incident, she allegedly refused to give her side of the story and told him that he was trespassing on her property. During this conversation inside the residence, one of the two children in the home was on the couch in the living room where they were speaking. Smith “started getting hostile with us and at this point I placed her in handcuffs,” the affidavit states.
Smith is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 9, at which time the case will be bound over to District Court if there is sufficient evidence to prosecute on the felony charge.