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Anderson County girl, 15, beaten, slashed over Facebook spat

Ryan Loomis Smith of Fayetteville, N.C., is charged with choking and slashing a 15-year-old girl in Lawrenceburg.
Ryan Loomis Smith of Fayetteville, N.C., is charged with choking and slashing a 15-year-old girl in Lawrenceburg. Shelby County jail

A 15-year-old Lawrenceburg girl was beaten and slashed several times with a steak knife by a man who became angry when she looked at an ex-boyfriend’s Facebook page, according to police reports.

Ryan L. Smith, 18, of Fayetteville, N.C., was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault in the March 8 confrontation on Djeddah Drive.

Smith and the juvenile were in what police called a “sexual relationship” after meeting on Facebook.

When Smith saw the girl looking at her ex-boyfriend’s Facebook page, he became enraged and later “choke-slammed” the girl by the neck and threw her into a door, according to the police report.

As the girl lay on the floor, Smith allegedly stood over her and began slashing her arms with a steak knife, according to the report.

In his arrest report, Lawrenceburg police officer Clayton Carney said the girl, who fled to a house on Merriweather Drive, had cut marks on her arm, a knot on her forehead, swelling behind one of her ears and red marks all over her body.

Carney said the unlawful imprisonment charge stems Smith not letting the victim leave.

Carney reported finding the steak knife, which was described by the victim, beneath a bed inside the house.

Smith was takento the Shelby County jail.

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