Police search for convicted meth offender accused of abducting daughter

Rain Smith • Dec 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Authorities are searching for a woman who allegedly abducted her 4-year-old daughter during a family function in Kingsport, refused to meet with police to return the child and later dropped the girl off in Bristol, Tenn.

Kingsport Police Det. Martin Taylor says charges are pending against Jonnie R. Hammonds, 23, of Springfield, Tenn.. She is believed to be in a full-size Ford 150 or a Dodge 1500, silver in color, and possibly heading towards the Nashville area. Since 2008 a grandmother has served as legal guardian of her child.

Police in Sullivan County and Washington County, Tenn., have active warrants for Hammonds' arrest on violation of probation and failure to appear. She was previously convicted on drug charges following the 2010 discovery of a meth lab at her residence.

Kingsport police report the abduction occurred Wednesday at Model City Apartments, 1000 Stonegate Road. Det. Taylor spent hours speaking with Hammonds by phone on Thursday, attempting to negotiate recovery of the girl. After several deadlines came and went the TBI issued an endangered child alert late Thursday night.

Early Friday morning Hammonds dropped the girl off at a friend of her family's in Bristol. Tenn. Charges against her in Kingsport are pending while active warrants exist in other jurisdictions.

In December of 2010 Hammonds was arrested at a residence on the Elizabethton Highway. Deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance at the home when they located a large meth lab, consisting of several one-pot operations, inside an out building on the property.

The 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force were called to the scene and spent approximately 9 hours conducting cleanup. At the time of the incident Hammonds was arrested on outstanding warrants for driving violations and failure to appear. She was later charged on drug offenses.

Hammonds was released from the Sullivan County jail in April of last year but has since violated the conditions of her probation. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact to contact the Kingsport Police Department at (423) 246-9111 or (423) 229-9429.

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