Arrest affidavits reveals details in recent Burkburnett abduction

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A California couple accused of abducting a Burkburnett toddler and running down his grandmother as she tried to rescue him are extradited from a jail in New Mexico and are now booked into jail here.

48-year-old Michael Scott Smith and 51-year-old Robin Michelle Golden, both of Phelan, California, are each booked on aggravated assault with a vehicle with bonds of $250,000. They each also have an additional charge of accident involving an injury.

Smith and Golden were arrested in Santa Rosa, New Mexico while apparently on the way back to California with 2-year-old Eli Smith, who Burk police say was abducted in Burkburnett on November 20.

Police say a custody battle was underway for the boy between his mother and Smith. According to the Wichita County arrest affidavit now available, police and first responders were called to the KOA campgrounds in Burk and found the missing boy’s grandmother on the ground with numerous severe injuries.

The boy’s mother told officers Smith had come from California to see his children, and when he had his youngest child in his arms, he took off running toward a car and yelled at the driver, Robin Golden, to drive off. She said as the car began leaving, the boy’s grandmother ran up to stop them,  and Golden put the car in reverse and an open door hit the grandmother and knocked her down.

The mother said Golden then went forward and ran over the grandmother, and sped off. Police say the victim suffered multiple injuries to the head and abdomen and was flown by air evac helicopter to the hospital.

The boy’s mother said she had taken her three children from their California home because of physical abuse by Smith. The boy was found safe in Santa Rosa, New Mexico several hours after the abduction.

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