Thursday, April 22, 2010

Woman lied about sexual assault after triggering Amber Alert when ex-boyfriend took their child

If this case doesn't highlight exactly how false accusers DO know they will be believed when claiming rape/sexual assault, I don't know what will. And why there is still a review as to the charges against him, after she admitted she lied, is astounding to me. None of the things he was arrested for happened, by her word. He should have had all charges dropped, except possibly endangerment, after leaving the child alone to hide.  One wonders what her previous false report was? And of course, she isn't named. But at least he isn't, either.

Amber Alert issued after false report

DECATUR - The mother of an 18-month-old who was the center of an Amber Alert issued in Decatur on Feb. 28 was arrested Monday after reporting to Decatur police that she lied about the incidents leading up to the alleged kidnapping.

The mother, 24, submitted a statement to police headquarters at 1 p.m. that said she lied about the actions of her ex-boyfriend and father of her child.

The ex-boyfriend was arrested the day of the Amber Alert and was charged with child abduction, home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault and domestic battery. He was in the Macon County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Macon County State's Attorney Jack Ahola said his office was reviewing the case in light of the statements made by the woman.

"We'll see what we're going to charge her with and how that affects the felony against the man," he said.
The woman reported to police at 8:04 a.m. Feb. 28 that her ex-boyfriend had broken into her home by crawling through a window, according to a sworn police statement. She also said the man hit her in the face and sexually assaulted her before taking their 18-month daughter. He did not have custodial rights or live with the mother.

On Monday, the woman told police that her ex-boyfriend entered her home with a key she had given him. He was supposed to pick up both of their children from her home.

She stated that the two of them argued about her new boyfriend, and that he did threaten her but did not hit or sexually abuse her. She stated that after the argument, he took their 18-month old but did not take her older daughter because she was upset.

According to the sworn statement, the woman said she lied about the incident because she was angry at her ex-boyfriend.

An Amber Alert was issued at 9:30 a.m. after the mother made the original report, and the child was returned by an acquaintance at 11:45 a.m.

The man left the child in a common area of the Timber Cove apartment complex and phoned an acquaintance to tell her where to find the child. She was returned unharmed.

The man soon was found hiding among storage bins on the second level of the apartment complex.

The woman had been convicted of filing a false police report in 2007 in Decatur and was placed on conditional discharge for that crime.

Her bond was set at $10,000 in the latest incident. Her arraignment was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 30 in the Macon County Courts Facility if she does not post bond or 1:30 p.m. April 23 if she does.