Police arrest man for domestic violence, wife for child abuse

Krista Smyly and Rex Smyly

Krista Smyly and Rex Smyly

PRESCOTT - A man and woman were arrested Jan. 31 after police responded to a 911 call reporting domestic violence and, while there, found a 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy living in what an officer called "extremely hazardous" conditions, according to a Prescott police report.

Rex Smyly, 30, was arrested and charged with assault per domestic violence, disorderly conduct per domestic violence, preventing the use of a telephone, criminal damage per domestic violence and child abuse.

Krista Smyly, 32, was charged with two counts of child abuse.

Police were called to the Pioneer Drive apartment at about 9:30 p.m. by a neighbor, who said Krista had asked her to call police, the report said. Officers spoke with the couple separately.

Krista was inside the apartment and invited an officer to come in, the report said, and an "extremely foul odor" began to burn his throat. He identified it as cat urine and garbage.

The officer said there were also "old food" and full trash bags on the floor in the kitchen and "trash and clothing all over the floor" in other rooms.

Krista told the officer that Rex had been drinking and yelled at her, then shoved her against a wall, and when she reached for a phone, he took it and threw it on the floor. The officer noted that her shirt was ripped. Krista said she was able to get to the door to ask the neighbor to call 911, police said.

Rex said he had been drinking "a lot," and when asked what that meant, he said, "More than you can drink," the officer wrote.

Rex said he had blacked out and didn't know exactly what had happened. When an officer asked whether he was concerned about the children's living conditions, he began to cry and asked, "Oh, you live a perfect life, huh?" the report said.

When he was told what his charges would be, he started to scream, according to the report.

The children were turned over to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The couple was booked into the Camp Verde jail.

Rex is still in custody on a $15,000 bond; Krista is out on a $5,000 bond.