Woman Fakes Kidnapping Story to Woo Ex Back

Filed under: In The News, Weird But True

crime sceneIt was a heart-stopping story: A mother leaves her five-month-old infant with a nanny, who then disappears with the child. Mom and Dad, an ex-boyfriend who had never met the child, face news cameras on Christmas Day, begging for the return of their son.

Heart-stopping, yes. And also completely fabricated.

The 22-year-old mom admitted to authorities that she had made up the entire story -- including the baby -- to win back the affection of the alleged "father," her ex. Here was the first red flag: She described the baby has having a mohawk, one tooth, and a fake tattoo.

The 26-year-old man has to be staggering after his roller coaster of a week: First, he has a son he never knew about. Then, the son has been kidnapped. Suddenly, the son never existed in the first place, and he's looking at his ex in a whole new way -- and not in the reconciling way she was hoping for.

If convicted of the crimes she's been charged with, the woman will have to pay for the statewide search she instigated. I'm left wondering: Did she intend for this crazy scheme to go this far? Or was this whole thing just one bad decision that led to another until she found herself facing television cameras, telling her lie to the world? What do you think?

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