Woman who allegedly took child on drug search sought

Published 4:42 pm Friday, October 6, 2006

An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman who allegedly carried her 2-year-old with her on an apparent out-of-state search for drugs, Jackson County authorities say.

Sheriff Mike Byrd said Charity Danielle Carr-Busby, 30, is facing a misdemeanor charge of child neglect, the only state law that would apply for the allegation against the mother.

“We are looking for her now,” Byrd said, adding that Carr-Busby could be in Mobile County, where Alabama authorities found her and her son, Richard Price Busby, asleep in a van behind what authorities described as a known drug house.

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Carr-Busby was not arrested because she did not have any illegal drugs on her at the time. She and her son were found seven days after they disappeared, and the boy has been turned over to his father.

Richard Busby reported his wife and their son missing Sept. 24 after Carr-Busby failed to return home from a trip to a video store. Authorities, at the time, said the child was in imminent danger because the mother was a known drug addict with a history of disappearing from home.

Richard Busby told authorities that he tried to call his wife on her cell phone after her disappearance and an unidentified man answered the phone, saying Carr-Busby had just traded the family’s Chevrolet Silverado for a small amount of crack cocaine.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Tamara Mimes said the woman never called her husband the entire time she was missing to say whether she and the child were safe.