Teen mom missing, children's father arrested on family violence charges and denied bond

Teen mom missing, children’s father arrested on family violence charges and denied bond

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, November 8th 2023, 4:37 PM EST; local article here)

MACON, Ga. (TND) — A teenage mother in Georgia hasn’t been seen in a week and now the father of her children is under arrest for some violent incidents with her.

Reginald Harris was arrested on Tuesday on four counts of aggravated assault and one count of battery-family violence.

An arrest warrant described two incidents involving him and missing mom Gabriella “Gabby” Dixon, 18, in September.

First, on Sept. 3, Dixon had her two kids in the car. She was going to drop one off with her mother and take the other to a hair appointment. That’s when Harris pulled onto the road behind her and started shooting at her car.

Eventually, Dixon lost sight of Harris’ car and she pulled over. Bibb County sheriff’s deputies were there when Harris called Dixon’s phone and asked her to “pull up” to where he’d crashed his car. A deputy standing with Dixon told Harris to go to their location, instead. The warrant said Harris mistook the deputy for a friend of Dixon’s, and asked where they were.

Dixon told Harris he was going to jail for shooting at them and Harris denied that, according to the warrant. Then, deputies said Dixon told Harris he could’ve shot one of their kids, or a bystander.

“The kids were in there?” Harris asked.

Then, he told her she was disrespecting him by having another man around their children.

Teen mom missing, children's father arrested on family violence charges and denied bond
An arrest warrant described two violent incidents involving Reginald Harris, shown in court on Nov. 8, 2023, and the missing mother of his children, Gabriella Dixon. (WGXA | Bibb Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Dixon was showing the deputies text messages between the two when she received another from Harris. It said, “Don’t be surprised when I knock on the door.”

The other incident took place 20 days later. Dixon called deputies to say Harris choked her and pointed a gun at her in their home. According to the warrant, deputies noted two bruises on Dixon’s neck, which she said was from him choking her on yet another occasion. She told deputies that when Harris pointed a gun at her, he said he would kill her if she ever left him.

Harris is being held without bond.

Meanwhile, Dixon hasn’t been seen or heard from since Oct. 30.

Her mother, Gabriella Searcy, told investigators Harris dropped their children off at her house on the day Gabby disappeared.

“Momma was in blood,” Searcy said in a police report that one of the children told her.

Then, the other said it was OK and “Momma is sleeping.”

Searcy said Harris had been acting very suspiciously and an investigator had suggested Gabby get a temporary protective order, but authorities said she never did.


Information from WGXA was used in this report.

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