Grandmother says she didn't kidnap child

49-year-old Martha Ann Poss in Justice Court on Thursday
Staff Writer

A grandmother proclaims her innocence on charges she kidnapped her granddaughter and stole a truck belonging to the child's other grandparents.

"Your honor, I didn't kidnap my grandchild," 49-year-old Martha Ann Poss tried to tell Clay County Justice Court Judge Thomas Hampton during her arraignment Thursday morning.

The judge cut her off, saying she would have her day in court.

Poss, who lives in Clay County, pleaded not guilty and the judge set her bond at $100,000.

The woman said she hoped to hire her own attorney.

She was arrested about 6 a.m. Thursday 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. Wednesday and left with the 5-year-old child.

Clay County Sheriff's investigators, working with the state Department of Public Safety, issued an Amber Alert at about 1:40 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators thought Poss might have been on her way to jackson and had alerted state troopers and law enforcement agencies between West Point and Jackson to be on the look out for the Nissan. At some point, 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.

According to Sheriff Eddie Scott, 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 the Ivys, who are the child's paternal grandparents, Scott said, giving them the authority to file the Kidnapping charges. The child's mother, Sean Emison, was listed on the affidavit read in court Thursday.
While some of the original Amber Alert information suggested Poss might be armed, the sheriff said no weapon was involved.

But apparently took the child with enough intent to scare the others, investigators said.

Detectives also think Poss actually took the keys to the truck while visiting as long as a month ago.

"Those are just some of the details we are trying to piece together. We've got lots of blanks to fill in," the sheriff said.

Scott praised the Amber Alert system for helping to quickly spread the word about the possible crime.

"As soon as it went out we started getting calls. A lot of time could have been lost if we had not had a good bit of information and gotten it out to the public quickly," Scott said. "It's a great tool for law enforcement."