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Elementary School Student Accused of Lying about Abduction

JACKSON, Tenn.- A 9-year-old child is in trouble with police after she allegedly claimed she was abducted after school.

According to the Jackson Police Department, they plan to pursue charges on the child for filing a false police report.

Police said they will not arrest the child because the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center does not accept juveniles under the age of 12. However, the girl is expected to be petitioned into Madison County Juvenile Court to answer to the charges.

A news release stated that, around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the child's home. The child told officers that she had been at a school function at Pope Elementary School at 1071 Old Humboldt Road and was waiting on a ride home. She allegedly reported that a red Honda car pulled up and a Hispanic man approached her, covered her mouth and forced her into the back seat. She told police that he started driving north on Old Humboldt Road and an unsuspecting officer in a police car got behind them.

The child then is accused of telling officers that the police car scared the abductor, and he pulled onto the parking lot of Augustine School on Old Humboldt Road and let her go. The girl reported to officers that she started walking and was picked up by a Pope School teacher who recognized her walking on Old Humboldt Road. The teacher then took the girl home, and she told her parents who called police.

Police said their officers began searching the city. They detained and interviewed a Hispanic man who owned a red Honda Accord.

Investigators questioned numerous Pope School faculty members and potential witnesses who lived in the area of the reported abduction. Investigators also reviewed video surveillance from Pope Elementary School.

After investigators developed inconsistencies in the girl's story, they said the child admitted that she had fabricated the story about the abduction.

Officials with the Jackson-Madison County School System assisted police in the investigation.

Police said that at no time were any children in danger.
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