“Mommy Got A Spanking With A Belt”: 3-Year-Old Tells Police His Missing Mom Might Have Been Murdered By Boyfriend
31-year-old Bianca Tanner of Charlotte, North Carolina, went missing on June 7. According to her boyfriend, Angelo Smith, the two got into an argument on that day, and an inebriated and upset Tanner left the house with a bag and didn’t return. But when speaking to investigators, Tanner’s 3-year-old son said that he hadn’t seen his mother since she was beaten by Smith in their family home.
According to the New York Daily News, Tanner actually moved in with Smith at the end of May after getting a job at a school in Charlotte. But by June 7, she went missing, and after it was reported, investigators spoke to both her live-in boyfriend and her son. The missing person’s case has since become a homicide case, after the 3-year-old told investigators that Smith may have physically abused his mother–and worse. He reportedly said the following:
“Mommy got a spanking with a belt.”
“Angelo kicked mommy’s butt and made her cry.”
“Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face.”
According to the Daily News, investigators are now searching Smith’s home to look for possible blood, any signs of clothes Tanner may have been wearing during an assault, as well as weapons they can take a look at that could have been used in such an attack, including belts and paddles.
All of this is especially scary considering the fact that Smith had a warrant out for his arrest in the past for domestic battery. While living in Arkansas at one point, he reportedly tried to smother an ex-girlfriend during a fight. However, he has not officially been named as a suspect in her disappearance. But according to Tanner’s sister, Cerise Richardson, via a CBS affiliate in Charlotte, Smith is refusing to cooperate with the investigation at this point, and will only talk to police through his lawyer.
“I’m disappointed. He has told me and my family on numerous occasions that he had nothing to do with Bianca’s disappearance and he has been in line with us that we want to bring her home as quickly as possible and safely. And he would do anything to do that, and so far his actions don’t coincide with what he is saying. It’s disheartening.”