Mother of defendant in Bailey slaying arrested on charge of evidence tampering

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The mother of the defendant in the Tristyn Bailey case has been arrested on a charge of tampering with evidence.

Crystal Lane Smith, 35, mother of Aiden Sean Fucci surrendered herself to the custody of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. She was released on a $25,000 bond.

Fucci, 14, has been charged with first-degree murder of Tristyn Bailey, 13, on or about May 9.

On video surveillance obtained from Smith’s home, deputies observed Smith taking blue jeans from Fucci’s bedroom to the adjacent bathroom and appeared to be scrubbing them in the bathroom sink, according to the arrest warrant.

Deputies report that Smith and a witness could then be seen inspecting the jeans before Smith returned them to Fucci’s bedroom.

After executing a search warrant, law enforcement officials reported that the blue jeans and the drain of the bathroom sink tested positive for the presence of blood.

In a statement released by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Robert Hardwick said he was proud of the men and women of his office for their thoroughness in the investigation.

“Our goal in any investigation is to ensure proper accountability across the board for successful prosecution,” Hardwick said. 

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