Child abduction is a terrifying fear that all parents and guardians have to worry about, so when a child reports that someone has attempted to kidnap them, people go into worry overload in their communities. It's unfortunate when a child makes up the story, which puts everyone in a tense situation for no reason, while desensitizing them to the cold, hard reality of this dangerous phenomenon.
It's being reported that an abduction attempt reported out of Marana, Arizona is in fact false. The 10-year-old girl in question admitted to making up the story, and police in the southern Arizona region say that they don't understand why the little girl fabricated the event. It's probably safe to say that this is just a run-of-the-mill case of childhood shennanigans taking a mean-spirited turn, whether it was done carelessly or maliciously.
The child told a woman that a man in a van attempted to kidnap her, and the woman reported the incident to the police for the child, who went home. The police tracked the child down and found out that this was all a hoax. It's kind of irritating to know that the cops wasted their time on this frivolous nonsense, so hopefully the child's parents gave her a talking-to about the importance of honesty in such sensitive situations.
Parents, it's important to educate your children on stranger danger as well as basic morals of not causing issues like these. Falsely reporting crimes is a crime in and of itself and while children tend to get away with such things, they do become adults later; and without consequences to these seemingly innocent stunts, these nuisances can become larger as time goes on.
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