Mother in custody after death of 2-year-old, authorities still seeking father

Amy Harrison and James Harrison of Salisbury, North Carolina [Image credit: Scott County Sheriff's Office]

Officers are still seeking the public's assistance in locating James Harrison who is wanted in connection to a homicide investigation.  He is reported as having type-1 diabetes and does not have his insulin. He was last seen south of Lake, Mississippi wearing jeans and a red tee-shirt with no shoes on.


In custody though, is the mother of a 2-year-old girl who died after being abandoned in a wooded area of Scott County.  She has been charged with child neglect.


According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, Amy Harrison and James had been traveling along Interstate 20 on Thursday, January 21, and began arguing about James' suspected drug use.  Also in the vehicle was a 7-year-old boy from Amy's previous relationship, and their biological 2-year-old daughter.


At Exit 100 Amy reportedly got out of the vehicle and walked to a nearby gas station to call a friend from Greenville to come and pick her up.


When she did not hear from James the following day, Amy called the Scott County and Newton County Sheriffs Offices.


Officers attempted to track James' cell phone but were unable to locate a signal and began searching for the vehicle he had been driving.


Saturday, the boy approached hunters in Scott County as they were preparing to leave their camp.  They called 911 and soon thereafter, investigators located the vehicle stuck approximately 300 yards from the camp.


Not far from the vehicle, investigators also found the 2-year-old girl's body.


It is believed that she died due to hypothermia after being abandoned with her brother in the vehicle, but an autopsy has been scheduled in order to determine cause and manner of death.


The 7-year-old told investigators that he had fallen asleep in the truck and when he woke, both his father and the girl were gone.


The boy is now in the custody of the Department of Human Services and is currently staying with a Scott County deputy and his family.


James was last seen walking without shoes and in wet clothing along a road in Newton County, Mississippi, Sheriff Lee stated that "His mental state, he was not making good decisions."


Investigators are asking that anyone with information about his whereabouts contact the Scott County Sheriff's Office at (601) 469-1511.