Woman charged with aiding kidnapping suspect

Staff Writer

A 52-year-old Clay County woman is charged with aiding a woman who left drug rehabilitation, but investigators still are trying to sort out what happened.

Tammy Lea Whitehead was arrested Wednesday morning after investigators found 49-year-old Martha Ann Poss at her home in Tibbee.

The official charge against Whitehead is aiding escape from officers.
Poss is charged with kidnapping her granddaughter earlier this summer and stealing a truck.

She went to drug rehabilitation at Cady Hills in Columbus in July, but apparently left there or was dismissed earlier this week and ended up at Whitehead's home, Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said.

"We're still piecing together all the different stories but in any case, they all knew better," Scott said.

Poss is back in jail on the $100,000 bond set in June.
Poss was arrested June 21 when she returned to the home at 1318 Wilson Road where she'd stolen a 2012 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck at about 10:30 p.m. the night before and left with the 5-year-old child.

At some point after taking the child, Poss stopped at a friend's house in Oktibbeha County and the friend told her she was wanted and in trouble and should return to Clay County.

She showed back up the the home of Linda Ivy Ray on Wilson Road and was arrested there.

The state Department of Human Services had given custody of the child to the Ivys, who are the child's paternal grandparents, giving them the authority to file the Kidnapping charges.

The child's mother, Sean Emison, was listed on the affidavit read in court during Poss' initial court hearing.