Police say smart home device alerted them to alleged assault

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According to the local County Sheriff Department, the call itself was unexpected, but it did play a big role in the incident and could have saved the lives of the woman and her child.

A smart home device called 911 when it overheard an assault in Tijeras, N.M.

ABC reports the woman suffered minor injuries. Police say that Eduardo Barros was house-sitting at the residence with his girlfriend and their daughter.

Google's smart voice assistant product has made headlines in the states, after it called police to a home in New Mexico during a domestic dispute. So when Barros asked his girlfriend if she called the sheriff, it was mistakenly converted into a command to call law enforcement.

Bernalillo County sheriffs deputies quickly responded to the call and removed the woman and her daughter from the home. "This wonderful technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation", Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales II told ABC News in a statement.

Court records indicate that Barros is facing 14 felony charges, including aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, false imprisonment and possessing a firearm despite being a convicted felon. The smart home device was said to be connected to a surround-sound speaker system.

He is due to appear in court on Monday.

These days smart speakers are gaining in popularity, which we guess had a lot to do with Amazon's Echo series of devices that helped to kick things off.

Prosecutors filed a motion for preventative detention and Barros will be held without bond until a hearing date is set for him to appear in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, Baca added.

It's an interesting story that echoes the recent news stories of evidence concerning a murder in Arkansas being recorded by Amazon's Echo Dot and requested by authorities. Amazon finally relented to handing over the data when Bates, who pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, allowed for the release.

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