A Woodstock mother was jailed Tuesday after she allegedly handcuffed her child at knifepoint and tried to take him out of state, authorities said.
The 11-year-old boy was recovered safely later when law enforcement tracked the vehicle through the woman’s cell phone signal.
According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker:
At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a house on Jasmine Court in Woodstock after receiving a report that a mother had forcibly taken her 11-year-old son at knifepoint, handcuffed the child and was possibly leaving the state.
The child’s father arrived at the house and told deputies he had been in telephone contact with both his son and his wife and he was unable to convince her to return home. The father told deputies he thought his wife was going to Louisiana where she has family.
The boy’s father told deputies he was able to track a cell phone in his wife’s vehicle, so they were able to coordinate with law enforcement agencies south of Atlanta to search for the vehicle. It was spotted by the Grantville Police and pulled over on Interstate 85 north of the city of LaGrange.
“Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the traffic stop. Handcuffs and a knife were located inside the vehicle,” Baker said. “The juvenile had visible injuries to his arms.”
After interviewing the child and the mother, Alicia Omana, 34, of Woodstock was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree, battery and obstructing a 911 call, Baker said. She remained in the Cherokee County jail without bond Wednesday morning.
Omana has a first appearance before a judge scheduled at noon Friday at the Cherokee County jail.