A North Carolina teacher is currently missing and her son has been providing authorities with a lot of details behind his mother’s relationship. Search warrants released in the case of a missing North Carolina teacher reveal new details coming from the woman’s 3-year-old son, who said his mother was beaten by her boyfriend before her disappearance, according to CBS affiliate WBTV.
Bianca Richardson Tanner, 31, was reported missing by her boyfriend, Angelo Smith, on June 7. And now the case is being investigated as a homicide.
According to detectives, Smith said he received a text message that caused an argument between the couple on the night Tanner went missing. Smith said Tanner left his Charlotte apartment drunk. Tanner has not been seen or heard from since.
According to the station, Tanner had recently moved to Charlotte with her young son for a teaching job. She had been a teacher at an elementary school in Guilford County, N.C., before the move.
The station reported detectives spoke with the 3-year-old about his mother’s relationship with Smith. “Mommy got a spanking with the belt. Angelo kicked mommy’s butt and made her cry,” detectives say the child told them. “Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face.”
WBTV says Smith voluntarily spoke with investigators after Tanner was reported missing, but when they asked for permission to search his phone, he quickly deleted some information before giving consent, a warrant states. It is not known what was erased.
Detectives also found out that Smith has a domestic battery warrant on him for an incident in Arkansas. His girlfriend at the time reported he “threw her onto the bed and covered her face, both mouth and nose, with his hand smothering her,” according to the warrant.
The warrants in the current case state officers went back to Smith’s apartment on June 10 to search his red Ford Mustang, the station reports. Tanner had left her car behind when she reportedly left the apartment, along with some personal belongings, prescription medicine and her son. Detectives seized a laptop, foam bedding, an iPhone, papers, two notebooks, a black zipper pouch, a bottle of rum, two torn photographs and the back of an earring from the Mustang and a nearby trash receptacle.
Police said there has been no activity in Tanner’s bank account since she went missing. There has also been no cellphone or social media use by her in that time.
Smith has not been charged with any crime in relation to his girlfriend’s disappearance.