UPDATE: Janee Dichier Ruffin-Cooper and her 5 children were found safe in Clayton County. The AJC.com reports that no criminal charges have been filed.
Originally published on: Monday, Aug 31, 2015 @ 12:55 p.m.
A desperate search is underway for a mentally disturbed woman who walked away from her home with her 5 children on Saturday. The AJC.com reports that Janee Dichier Ruffin-Cooper has been off her psychotropic medications since Saturday, and police believe she may become violent.
Ruffin-Cooper was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, manic depression, paranoia and schizophrenia. She last spoke to her husband on Saturday, and she hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Ruffin-Cooper’s 5 children — ages 1, 4, 7, 8 and 9 — are believed to be with her.
Clayton County police spokesman Hal Weiner told Channel 2 Action News that Ruffin-Cooper “requires medication” and “she becomes violent when she is without it.”
According to court records obtained by AJC.com, Ruffin-Cooper pleaded guilty in 2011 to three counts of aggravated assault for stabbing a woman and threatening to kill her and two other women.
Ruffin-Cooper was also arrested on domestic assault charges in Memphis, Tenn., in 2012.
She is described as a black woman, 5-foot-4, 210 pounds.
If you see her, you are asked to call the Atlanta police department’s tip line at 770-477-3513.