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Nolensville Mother Posts $100,000 Bond -- Sky Arnold

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Rutherford County, Tenn ---Jesse Williams has lived his whole life on his family's rural Rutherford County property near Nolensville.       

He says some 15 acres of the property is wooded and easy to hide in.

That's why Williams thought to look there after law enforcement and family spent 5 days searching in vain for Christopher Smithburg, 16.

Williams found the teen in a hole that's straight out of a survival guide.

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The hole was covered with plastic and wood and the inside had a plastic liner.

It also had limbs on top to hide it from people on the ground and helicopters searching above.

It's a precaution Williams says makes more sense now that he knows the teen's mother Susan Smithburg has been charged with child abuse and neglect for allegedly denying her son food and forcing him to perform 1500 push-ups for lying.

"When he came over here I didn't know why but now that I know he had to come and what the situation was I would've liked to felt free to have helped him," said Williams.

Susan Smithburg posted $100,000 bond Thursday morning.
 
The Smithburg's live on picturesque property a few miles away frp, Williams's property.

Neighbors say they have a boat for their pond, 4 wheelers and animals.

Albert Knox says it always looked like such a happy home.

"We were really surprised because there was no indication we had heard or any of the neighbors had indicated anything," said Knox.

No indication of any problems much less alleged abuse that sent a teenage boy to seek shelter in a hole.

 "I really feel sorry for him," said Williams. "I feel like he already knew this was here. He had it planned."