Bradyn Takach's mother is in prison and that's exactly where the 10-year-old Ohio boy wants her to stay. In a letter to a judge in Warren County, Bradyn explains why he doesn't want Shannon Smith to be awarded early release at a hearing this week, WLWT reports. "I feel that my mom should stay in prison because I seen her stab my dad clean through the heart with my sister in his arms," he writes. Bradyn was 4 and his little sister was 15 months old in 2009 when Smith killed his father, 25-year-old Robert Takach. "Life for me would be 10 times better if mom didn't kill my dad. That took a big amount of happiness out of mine and my sister's lives," he writes. "I think it would be better for me and my sister if my mom would stay in prison cause I am afraid of her. I have seen what she did to my dad."
The children are being raised by their paternal grandmother, who relays to WLWT what Bradyn told a counselor: "His daddy put him in a corner because he had gotten in trouble and then his mother got mad. Robbie was holding his sister Brooklynn, and he said that she got a knife and she came at his daddy and he shoved her away and then she came back again and she stabbed him." Smith, who said she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense, was indicted for murder after the 2009 incident. She was convicted of manslaughter in 2010 and sentenced to 10 years by a judge who called her a "violent person," the New York Daily News reports. The grandmother says she wants Smith to serve the full sentence so the children will be teenagers by the time she's released. (In another high-profile domestic violence case, a woman got 30 years for failing to protect her kids from an abusive boyfriend.)