Crime Crystal Smith, Mother of Aiden Fucci, Arrested and Accused of Tampering with Evidence in Son's Case
Teen Who Stabbed Cheerleader Tristyn Bailey to Death Will Be Tried as an Adult
The Florida teenager accused of murdering 13-year-old cheerleader Tristyn Bailey before dumping her body in a wooded area earlier this month will be tried as an adult, authorities said Thursday. Aiden Fucci, 14, was hit with the charge this week for allegedly fatally stabbing Bailey in the early morning of May 9 after the pair were caught on surveillance video walking away from a home on Saddlestone Drive, according to online court records. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says Bailey’s family reported her missing at 10 a.
Crystal Smith, the mother of— a 14-year-old Florida teen accused of killing 13-year-old by stabbing her — has been arrested and is accused of tampering with evidence in the case.
On Saturday, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office announced Smith's arrest in a, which was obtained by .
In the statement, authorities said that Smith, 35, surrendered herself and she "was subsequently booked into the St. Johns County Sheriff's Detention Center for tampering with evidence." She is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.
Aiden Fucci, Teen Accused In 'Horrific' Stabbing of 14-Year-Old Tristyn Bailey, To Be Tried As Adult In Murder Charge
Murder charges against the 14-year-old, who is accused of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old in St. John's County, Florida have been upgraded from second-degree to first-degree and prosecutors will try him as an adult.Motions filed in Volusia County, Florida district court on Thursday show that prosecutors are upgrading the charges and trying the 14-year-old boy as an adult with premeditated first-degree murder.
"I remain incredibly proud of the men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office for their continued thoroughness in this investigation," St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said in the statement. "Our goal in any investigation is to ensure proper accountability across the board for successful prosecution."
The Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Bailey wason May 9 after her parents reported her missing. State Attorney R.J. Larizza later told reporters that Bailey had been stabbed 114 times, with at least 49 stab wounds to her hands, arms, and head that were "defensive in nature."
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Fucci, 14, is accused of stabbing the 13-year-old Bailey 114 times in a premeditated attack in Florida.Motions filed in Volusia County, Florida district court state that 14-year-old Aiden Fucci will be tried as an adult after being charged with the first degree murder of the girl.
Fucci was arrested the following day, and, according to an .
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Authorities also say they found his clothing stained with blood as well as a hunting knife, which is believed to be the murder weapon, in a nearby pond. The knife was missing a tip, which authorities say was found on Bailey's body.
According to court documents filed Thursday morning, Fucci entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond at an undisclosed adult prison facility in Florida, but he is being kept separate from other inmates.
Tristyn Bailey GoFundMe Nears $60k as Suspect Aiden Fucci Charged as Adult
The fundraiser was set up the day the body of the 13-year-old girl was found in woods in Florida.The GoFundMe raising money for a memorial for 13-year-old Bailey was set up after her body was found in woods in St. Johns, Florida, on May 10, one day after her family reported her missing.
According to anobtained by First Coast News, authorities obtained surveillance video from within Fucci and Smith's home, which reportedly shows the mother going to her son's bedroom after he was taken to the Sheriff's Office.
In the video, Smith is allegedly seen retrieving a pair of blue jeans, washing them in a nearby bathroom, and then returning the pants to her own bedroom, the report states.
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The documents then say that Smith is allegedly seen with another witness "inspecting the jeans several times" before returning the clothing item to her son's bedroom, per the.
According to, when Fucci was being held in an audio and video recorded interview room, his mother and father — who was also in the room — allegedly asked him if there would be anything on his clothing from the night prior.
"Crystal Smith will be held responsible for her role in this case and justice will be served for Tristyn Bailey and her family," confirmed Sheriff Robert Hardwick.
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"Everywhere we went he would greet people with a 'hello I'm Aiden, what's your name?" his mother Joanna Cloonan said. Aiden's sister Alexis Cloonan also spoke at the memorial about her brother. "I think of all the memories we shared together, all the times we laughed and smiled, all the times he comforted me when I was sad. My brother was an example of God's gift to the world," Alexis said. Aiden was killed during a shooting that took place on May 21 between 7:55 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.