Mother run over, baby taken by accused killer, prompting Amber Alert

A mother was killed and her 5-month-old baby was taken, prompting an AMBER Alert.
The baby's mother was run over and killed, according to police.
Published: Apr. 24, 2023 at 3:46 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2023 at 4:34 AM CDT
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HARTSVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Avah Richmond, a 5-month-old baby girl, was found safe after she was allegedly taken by 42-year-old Ryan Richmond on Saturday night.

Although Avah was found safe, her mother, Erica Kemp, died after she was run over by Richmond, according to the Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell. Russell said the incident began on Saturday night around 10:30 when Kemp and her brother got into a fight.

Officers were called to the home because of the fight. Richmond took Avah before officers arrived and took her to a friend’s home, Russell said.

After officers arrived and investigated the fight, Kemp went to go get Avah at Richmond’s friend’s home, according to Russell. Richmond met Kemp down the street from the home and allegedly ran her over. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Kemp died Sunday morning.

When Richmond found out about the Amber Alert, he turned himself in and said he had no clue officials were looking for him, according to Russell.

Richmond was taken into custody around 7:40 a.m. on Sunday. TBI said Richmond has been released without being charged.

TBI is continuing to investigate.