2 YEAR OLD BABY BOY FOUND WANDERING ALONE OUTSIDE, CARRYING HIS MOTHER’S SUICIDE NOTE ~ CCA0131 ~ UPDATED 04.03.2014
2 YEAR OLD BABY BOY FOUND WANDERING ALONE OUTSIDE, CARRYING HIS MOTHER’S SUICIDE NOTE
A two year old baby boy was found wandering outside alone by a family member with no sign of his 18 year old mother. The baby boy was clutching a piece of paper in his fist, and when the relative took the paper, she realized it was a suicide note, and a lengthy one at that, written by the boy’s mother.
The family member immediately called 911 after being unable to immediately locate Katie Renea Halbert themselves. The search for Halbert was on and was urgent as everyone feared that she may or may have already harmed herself. Hours after the search began, it ended, when police located Halbert in a wooded area nearby the home, unharmed.
The search efforts for Halbert cost the county a pretty penny, and this is not the first time a situation of abandonment has happened in Etowah County.
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has voiced his frustration and is calling for Alabama Legislature to amend the laws and allow authorities to charge people such as Halbert with a felony, not just a misdemeanor. Truth is, this happens all over the country, and Sheriff Entrekin is on point. We need to have these laws changed and hold folks accountable for the sequence of events they set into motion when they just walk away from their baby caring about no one but themselves.
Halbert is now charged with third degree domestic violence and reckless endangerment and is being held on a $1000 property bond. The baby boy is now in state care. I haven’t been able to find much more information, so if there is anyone out there that is familiar with this case, please do feel free to share with us any information we may be missing.