Last week we wrote about the missing person’s case of Bianca Richardson Tanner, a 31-year-old teacher from North Carolina. Tanner 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.”
Smith is now facing charges surrounding the delinquency of her 3-year-old son. On Tuesday, Smith was moved from the Illinois jail where he has been held to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he will face a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. No additional details on that charge are immediately available.
Days after Tanner’s disappearance, Smith left town. U.S. Marshals arrested him last week at a family member’s home in Illinois. According to Wfmynews2.com, Smith’s attorney claims he felt threatened and wanted to be near his family.
Authorities have not yet named Smith a suspect or person of interest in Tanner’s disappearance.