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She poured boiling water on her child’s NFL-bound father. She won’t be prosecuted

Former FIU tight end Jonnu Smith of Tennessee, No. 81, tries to stay inbounds after a reception in the first quarter of a preseason game against Carolina at Nissan Stadium on Aug. 19.
Former FIU tight end Jonnu Smith of Tennessee, No. 81, tries to stay inbounds after a reception in the first quarter of a preseason game against Carolina at Nissan Stadium on Aug. 19. Getty Images

Tuesday, the state officially dropped aggravated battery charges against Miami Gardens’ Mary Gaspar, who police say admitted to pouring a pot of boling water on then-FIU tight end Jonnu Smith last Halloween.

Smith, now with the Tennessee Titans, suffered severe burns. Gaspar, 21, pleaded not guilty despite the burns on various Smith bodyparts.

Since Smith’s burning, Gaspar has given birth to their son and Tennessee has drafted Smith in the third round. Going into the final preseason game, Smith’s caught five passes for 47 yards and no touchdowns for a struggling Tennessee offense. He’s listed as the third-team tight end behind Delanie Walker, who predicted Smith would surpass him, and Phillip Supernaw.

Smith became FIU’s most reliable offensive weapon early in his freshman season, 2013, and remained so deep into the 2016 season. As a sophomore, he led the nation’s tight ends in catches (61), yards (710) and touchdowns (eight).

According to Gaspar’s arrest affidavit, she told police she and Smith had been arguing throughout Oct. 31. When she got to his dorm room, “the defendant stated she was angered over his lack of attention to their relationship and was feeling extremely emotional and stressed.”

So, the affidavit says, Gaspar went to the stove, boiled a pot of water and poured it on Smith. The affidavit then described a scene perhaps even more painful and strange:

“Afterward, the defendant stated, that due to the victim’s lack of reaction after the boiling water was poured on him the defendant began to intentionally strike the defendant with her open hands.”

Smith missed the following Saturday’s game at Western Kentucky. With the help of FIU’s bye week after Western Kentucky, Smith missed only one game, but caught only three passes over the last two games in a reduced role.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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