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Child taken from Acworth home found safe

December 2, 2021–10:41 a.m.


According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, on Wednesday, December 1, at approximately 6:36 p.m., Deputies were dispatched to 162 Aztec Way SE in Acworth, Bartow County, in reference to a domestic dispute.

The victim reported Suspect Ricky Buttrom, her two children, and she had been living at this location for several months.

The victim told Deputies, Ricky had not assaulted the children or herself on this date but she wanted to leave due to his behavior. Ricky advised the Victim she could leave however she did have a vehicle. The Victim contacted a friend to come to pick up the children and her and drive them to another location for the evening.

It was reported to deputies; Ricky answered the door with a handgun when the friend arrived to pick up the Victim and pointed the gun at her.

The victim and her friend left the location and called 911.

Deputies arrived at the incident location and attempted to make contact with Ricky and the children.

Deputies were given access into the residence by the Victim and the victim’s son was located standing just inside the front door.

Deputies cleared the residence but Ricky and juvenile daughter Cataleya Marie Buttrom who is two years of age were not located inside the residence.

Ricky was reported as being Cataleya’s biological father but has not been legitimized.

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office issued an Amber Alert for Cataleya and notified other law enforcement agencies.

At approximately 11:49 p.m., the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office received confirmation from the Paulding County E911 Center, Cataleya had been located and reunited with her mother and was in good health.

Ricky Lee Buttrom, 25, described as being a black male, 6’7”, 193 lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes is wanted for charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Ricky is possibly driving a 2017, Toyota RAV4, blue in color, bearing Georgia license plate CPF9791.

Anyone with information or known whereabouts of Ricky Lee Buttrom is asked to call 911 or the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division at 770-382-5050 ext. 6030.