Dallas Police Say Kidnapping Report Was False

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Dallas called off an Amber Alert after they determined the initial kidnapping report was false.

According to Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse with the Dallas Police Department, a friend of a woman with a young daughter left her boyfriend and a large amount of cash in a car while she ran into a Max Beauty Supplies store in the 7400 block of South Westmoreland Road at about 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Apparently the boyfriend took off with the cash and the car.  The woman was initially identified by police as being the child’s mother. “She wanted to get her vehicle back because there was a large sum of money in the vehicle and she felt if she called us [about a missing child] we would locate it quicker,” said Janse.

After police were called, the woman told officers that the keys were left in the ignition, and an unknown suspect stole the car with her friend’s daughter, who was in the backseat.

After a full-on DPD search, that included police helicopters, was initiated and an Amber Alert issued, police further questioned the woman who finally admitted the child was never in the vehicle.

Police later found the little girl safe at a house in South Dallas.  The child was with her mother and father the entire time, police say. “My little girl was with me all night,” said the child’s father, Jason Crawford. “I don’t know where she got the story that the baby was in the car.” The family had no idea the string of events the woman had set in motion.

According to authorities, the only factual part of the woman’s story was that her car was stolen from outside the store.

The woman’s boyfriend, money and car, a 2006 silver Dodge Stratus, license plate BV9-F940, is still missing. She is in DPD custody and is expected to be charged with Filing a False Police Report causing a public communication (Amber Alert).  The crime is a state jail felony.

Matt Thomas reporting for 1080 KRLD

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  1. Lori says:

    When are people going to learn not to leave their children in the car??!!! Hope this has a happy ending!

    1. john says:

      read the article dummy… already has happy ending…

      1. Donna says:

        I WANT TO SAY FIRST THANK GOD THE LITTLE GIRL WAS WITH HER PARENTS.. AND THEN SAY THE DALLAS POLICE DEPT. DID A GOOD JOB TODAY.. THANK YOU !!!! NOW FOR THE WOMEN SHE NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL & STAY THERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME… THIS WAS JUST DUMB ON HER PART….

      2. Henry says:

        Look at the time before you start calling people dummy. Lori posted her comment at 10:50am before this story came out about it being false at 12:37pm.

  2. bre says:

    I know you thought it was important to get that weave. Come on now, your child should take precedence over anything. I pray to God in Heaven, this has a happy ending. Never, I say never leave your child in a vehicle alone.

    1. Bigwave Dave says:

      It already had a happy ending. The child is safe and the boyfriend has a new car and lots of cash. What could be happier than that??

  3. Nikki says:

    It was her mothers friend

    1. claycoleman says:

      It doesn’t matter whether it was the mother or a friend of the mother’s. It simply does not matter. If the mother would let a friend who would do this care for her child…..

  4. Dan says:

    Give me a break, hope the child will be okay. as for the dumb ass who left he/she in the car lock their ass up!

  5. Angela says:

    It wasn’t the Mother. It was a friend of the Mother’s. It was just reported.

  6. CanadianTexan says:

    I hope they arrestted that stupid woman! Never leave a kid or the keys in your car! I hope they find that poor baby and turn her over to CPS.

  7. L.Price says:

    Please change your story Channel 11 News the mother don’t leave the child in the car a friend left the child in the car.I hope you file charged to this person forget friendly that is your child missing.I hope this has a happy ending.May God Bless Your Self & Relatives,& Etc.

  8. Mina says:

    What an idiot, not just leaving the kid in the car but leaving the keys in it. I hope CPS get involved, some people just don’t need to have kids!

  9. TG says:

    I’m with Bre, I pray this has a happy ending and that this mother gets a lesson in how to parent.

  10. Geneva Williamson says:

    I hope this has a happy ending,,,,,,,,, I also hope they lock the stupid one up that left the baby in the car with the keys at that. We need to start setting examples on these people who do this. Stop giving them a slap on the hand and lock them up as well. If we don’t these dumb ass people are never going to learn.

  11. MELISSA JENKINS says:

    I AM AMAZED, HOW PEOPLE CAN BE SO INCONSIDERATE, TO LEAVE A CHILD IN THE CAR UNATTENDED LET ALONE WITH THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION. mY GOD WHAT WAS SHE THINKING. IT WASN’T EVEN HER CHILD, BUT THAT IS BESIDES THE POINT. THERE MILLIONS OF CRIMINALS OUT THERE, CHILD PREDITORS, PEOPLE JUST LOOKING TO DO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES ON A DAILY BASIS. I HOPE THE MOTHER LEARNS TO CHOOSE HER FRIENDS MORE WISELY, AND I PRAY THAT THE CHILD IS FOUND UNSCATHED AND THE CRIMINAL IS CAUGHT AND PUT BEHIND BARS. “YOU DON’T I REPEAT YOU DON’T LEAVE CHILDREN IN A VEHICLE NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE!!!!! I WORK AT A SHELL GAS STATION, AND ALL TOO OFTEN I SEE PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR KIDS IN THE CAR JUST TO RUN IN TO GRAB A PACK OF CIGARETTES. ALL IT TAKES IS 1 SECOND. STOP SMOKING IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR CHILD OUT OF THE CAR..WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS…HEAD THE WARNINGS. I WILL BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE CAR WHEN I WORK TODAY..GOD BLESS THE FAMILY…MELISSA

  12. MELISSA JENKINS says:

    i AM SO FLOORED BY THE INCIDENT, I JUST HAD TO SAY SOMETHING ELSE. I HOPE THE FRIEND OF THE MOTHER GETS PUT IN JAIL FOR LEAVIN G THE INFANT IN THE CAR ALONE, AND THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION. IM SURE SHE FEELS BAD NOW…BUT DID SHE FEEL BAD WHEN SHE DID IT. SHE INTENTIONALLY LEFT THE CHILD IN THE CAR, WHEN SHE WENT IN TO PURCHASE WHO KNOWS WHAT. HOW DO YOU TELL A MOTHER THAT HER CHILD IS MISSING? HOW DO YOU HAVE MISC. FRIENDS THAT YOU DON’T CHECK UP ON BETTER. THE WORLD IS SO DRUG/CRIME RIDDEN, THAT PEOPLE JUST LET ANYONE BE THIER FRIENDS. IF PEOPLE HAD TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE BECOMING YOUR FRIEND, I BET WE WOULOD ALL HAVE LESS FRIENDS. THE FRIEND IS PANIC STRICKEN RIGHT NOW, AND I HOPE IT TEACHES HER A HARD LESSON. I HOPE NOBODY LETS HER NEAR THEIR KIDS. LET ALOND LETS HER DRIVE THEM ANYWHERE. NEWS FLASH….THE LITTLE GIRL AMBER, IS WHY WE HAVE THE AMBER ALERT IN THE FIRST PLACE….IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE THIS LITTLE GIRL IS PLEASE TURN YOURSELF IN. THE CAR CAN BE GOTTEN AGAIN, BUT YOU CAN’T REPLACE A CHILD!!!!

  13. Gee says:

    l pray that this will have a happy ending. As to the person who left the little baby in a car with the ignition Key on, pls never ever do that again, be it your own child or someone else’s baby!

  14. melissa jenkins says:

    JUST IN FROM CHANNEL 11….BABY FOUND AND IS OK. SHE IS WITH HER MOTHER RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT..SUSPECT AND VEHICLE ARE STILL ON THE RUN…PRAISE GOD FOR A SAFE RETURN.. THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Steve says:

    The lady that left the child in the car with the keys should be in jail, If the police do not do anything about that they should be ashamed for not protecting the child, The child should also be in CPS custody. The mother should have had better choices of her friends with her child.

  16. Sharon Kelly says:

    For those people who blamed the mother, you have no business. You can’t ever really know what a person will do when you are not around. I’m sure she is going through enough without people pointing fingers at her. Its not our place to pass judgment on her. God knows peoples true hearts. Give her a break, and pray that she learned a valuable lesson.

    1. BB says:

      JUDGMENT has nothing 2 do with this. OBVIOUS does, the obvious stupidity that runs a muck in our communities across this nation.

  17. Catherine Lich says:

    HOW can someone leave a child in a car alone (worse with the keys in the ignition)!!! I demand this women be charged with a felony child endangerment. She willfully put her child in danger!!!! And danger happened!!!!

  18. Jeff says:

    At the very least…she needs to be brought up on “filing a false report to police”.

    Maybe having to sit in jail for a few months will teach her not to make up a story.

  19. Candace says:

    After all that – the story was a complete lie. Her car was stolen, and her child was NOT in it. Wow!

  20. dawn says:

    What kind of mother lies about her child being abducted. She should suffer cinsequences like jail time and losing custody of that sweet child.

  21. melissa jenkins says:

    UPDATE FROM CHANNEL11…12:01 P.M. THE CHILD WAS NEVER IN THE CAR WHEN THE CAR WAS STOLEN, SO APPARENTLY SOMEONE LIED..WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THAT? WE HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT WITHOUT THIS. THE LADY WHO DROVE THE CAR MUST HAVE THOUGHT IF SHE SAID A BABY IN THE CAR, THE POLICE WOULD FIND THE CAR FASTER. WE ALREADY HAD A SITUATION AT JPS. CLINIC ALSO THIS MORNING. WHAT STUPID HUMAN BEING WOULD LIE TO AUTHORITIES ABOUT AN INNOCENT CHILD?????? THE AMBER ALERT WAS INVENTED TO PROTECT AND HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN, NOT PEOPLE WHO LIE ABOUT AN ABDUCTED CHILD!!!! IF THE CHILD WASN’T IN THE CAR DON’T SAY SHE WAS. DAMN THE CAR. IT’S JUST A CAR FOR CHRIDST SAKES. THAT’S WHAT WE PAY CAR INSURANCE FOR, IN CASE OF THEFT!!! NOW I AM REALLY MAD AND ANGERED THAT YOU WASTED THE NEWS /POLICEW TIME TO HELP YOU FIN D A CHILD THAT WASN’T EVEN M ISSING. WHY COULDN’T THEY HAVE SAID THAT 3 HOURS AGO??? I STILL SAY WHOEVER MADE A FALSE AMBER ALERT CLAIM, SHOULD BE JAILED AND FINED…AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T AGREE WITH ME, MEET ME AT THE GAS STATION, AND WE CAN DISCUSS THIS . i GO IN AT 2 P.M.

    1. melinda says:

      The woman is reported to have had ‘a large amount’ of cash in the car so she wanted to find the car sooner. How much cash do you have to be carrying on you that you’d risk jail time to get it back? geez. And how much of an idiot are you that you don’t think the police will figure out that the baby wasn’t even missing?!

  22. Rachel says:

    JAIL JAIL JAIL!! THAT WOMAN NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL FOR MAKING UP SUCH A STORY!!

  23. les says:

    i hope they never find the car and d.a. get’s some jail time !!!!

  24. Meaghan says:

    I would like to point out to those who are apparently illiterate, “The child was safe the entire time”. THE CHILD WAS NEVER IN THE CAR! The woman LIED! The report was apparently filed in hopes that police may find the stolen car more quickly. And it wasn’t the mother who called. It was her friend. So for everyone who says the child should be taken away… NO! The child was never put in danger. The woman (not the mother of the supposedly abducted child) will face charges for filing a false report though.

    1. bb says:

      ILLITERATE? REALLY? U seem as ILLITERATE as the adults involved in this story. True or False the adults involved chose False. So as viewers, comments, & responders, we R listening 2 Liars! Find a better use 4 the word ILLITERATE!

    2. Bealsie says:

      Meaghan, apparently not many people can read actual content, as opposed to story leads

  25. melissa jenkins says:

    i BELIEVE THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE TO GO ON THE NEWS AND GIVE A PUBLIC APOLOGY TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE SHE HURT. sHE USED THE TAXPAYERS MONEY. WE HAD TO ISSUE AMBER ALERTS, ON THE BILLBOARDS ALONG THE FREEWAYS, WE HAD TO USE HEHECOPTERS TO SEARCH THE AIR FOR THE CAR,AND HER, WE HAD TO USE NUMEROUS POLICE AGENCIES FROM ALL DIFFERENT COUNTIES, TO SEARCH FOR HER. WE HAD TO USE OUR LOTTERY MACHINES TO POST THE AMBER ALERT, WE HAD TO USE OVER 3 HOURS OF NEWS TIME TO REPORT UPDATES. THAT IS A SMALL FORTUNE. IT IS MORE COSTLY THAN A GUNSHOT WOUND AT JPS HOSPITAL. LADY YOU HAVE SHAMED ALL OF US. WE THE PUBLIC ARE AT A LOSS FOR WORDS BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS. YOU SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY RESTITUTION FOR YOUR ACTIONS. MAYBE IF YOU LOOSE YOUR INCOME TAX CHECK FOR THE NEXT 2 OR 3 YEARS, BECAUSE OF THIS, YOU WOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING SO FOOLISH AGAIN. YOU AREN’T A GOOD MOTHER, A GOOD MOTHER WOULD NEVER PUT HER CHILD IN HARMS WAY. YOU MENTALLY SCARRED THAT CHILD FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. SHAME ON YOU…

  26. melissa jenkins says:

    MEAGHAN, YOU SAY THAT THE FRIEND FILED THE POLICE REPORT FALSELY, BUT WHAT PART OF THREE HOURS DIDN’T YOU UNDERSTAND. IF THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD KNEW HER CHILD WAS SAFE, WHY DIDN’T SHE SAY THAT 3 HOURS EARLIER? THE MOTHER WENT ALONG WITH THE STORY IN HOPES OF FINDING THE CAR FASTER. IF MY CHILD WAS REPORTED MISSING BY A FRIEND, AND I KNEW SHE WASN’T MISSING IN THE FIRST PLACE MY JOB AS A CITIZEN, IS TO CALL POLICE AND SAY NO I HAVE THE CHILD RIGHT HERE. SHE IS SAFE. THEN THIS WHOLE STORY COULD HAVE BEEN WRAPPED UP SEVERAL HOURS AGO AND WE COULD HAVE FOCUSED OUR ATTENTION TO THE REAL NEWS, JPS CLINIC WOIRKERS IN DANGERED BY GUNMAN.

  27. melissa jenkins says:

    MEAGHAN, YOU SAY THAT THE FRIEND FILED THE POLICE REPORT FALSELY, BUT WHAT PART OF THREE HOURS DIDN’T YOU UNDERSTAND. IF THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD KNEW HER CHILD WAS SAFE, WHY DIDN’T SHE SAY THAT 3 HOURS EARLIER? THE MOTHER WENT ALONG WITH THE STORY IN HOPES OF FINDING THE CAR FASTER. IF MY CHILD WAS REPORTED MISSING BY A FRIEND, AND I KNEW SHE WASN’T MISSING IN THE FIRST PLACE MY JOB AS A CITIZEN, IS TO CALL POLICE AND SAY NO I HAVE THE CHILD RIGHT HERE SHE IS SAFE. THE MOTHER IS JUST AS MUCH AT FAULT AS THE PERSON REPORTING THE CLAIM IN THE FIRST PLACE.

  28. melissa jenkins says:

    AND YEA MEAGAN, THE CHILD WAS PUT IN DANGER, ANYTIME YOU FALSIFY A POLICE REPORT, YOU PUT EVERYONE IN DANGER. SUPPOSE THE POLICE TARGETED THE WRONG VEHICLE, AND SOME INNOCENT PERSON IS SUBJEVCTED TO FALSE ARREST. SUPPOSE THE PERP CHANGES THE LICENSE PLATES, AND THE POLICE SPEND ALL DAY LOOKMING FOR, AND STOPPING EVERY VEHICLE THAT LOOKS LIKE THE CAR IN QUESTION. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HARM HAS BEEN DONE. DO MYOU KNOW HOW MANY CARS LOOK JUST LIKE THAT ONE. I HAVE A KIA RONDO, AND DO YOU KN OW HOW MANY BURGUNDY KIA RONDOS, I SEE JUST LIKE MINE? SHE NOW HAS PUT INNOCENT CITIZENS AT RISK, ALL BECAUISE OF A BUMB MOVE. IF THE DUMMY WOULDN’T HAVE LEFT HER KEYS IN THE CAR IN THE FIRST PLACE3, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. THAT IS MY POINT. LIKE IT OR NOT, THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE FREEDOM OD SPEECH. JUST LIKE BUSCH MADE A FALSE CLAIM OF A BOMB OVERSEAS, AND THAT LED UYS TO A WAR. THERE WAS NO EVEDENCE OF ANY FINDINGS OF A BOMB, BUT WE ARE STILL AT WAR AND OUR TROOPS ARE GONE TO FIGHT FOR A BOMB THAT NEVER WAS. DO YOU SEE HOW FALSE CLAIMS CAN BE DANGEROUS. MEAGHAN, PLEASE LETS REMEMBER THE FACTS. THE FACT REMAINS SHE IS STILL WRONG!!!!!!!

    1. bealsie says:

      Hey Melissa, the fact remains, the child was never missing, the mother never reported the child missing, there was never a missing child, a woman made a story up to get the police to act on her stolen vehicle and money!

  29. Will Osburn says:

    She lied about her child being in the car. Hope she gets to spend a few days/weeks in jail plus a fube.

  30. melissa jenkins says:

    I DON’T LIKE TO POINT OUT THE OBVIOUS, BUT RIGHT IS RIGHT, AND WRONG IS WRONG. MAYBE JUST MAYBE THE SHAME THE WOMAN WILL FACE WILL MAKE HER SCARED STRAIGHT. MAYBE SHE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AND APOLOGIZE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.

    1. Grammar Police says:

      Turn off the caps please. How can anyone take your postings seriously when you use all caps and can not even spell correctly.

      1. ILIKETURTLES says:

        Haha! Great post…..so true.

      2. abc123 says:

        Thank you.
        Melissa, please take his advice. ALL CAPS entries are considered the same as yelling in an argument.

  31. Londa says:

    None of you people even read the article, did you? There was NO child in the car. It was a false police report. Meh…..

  32. Penny Serrato says:

    Yea guys read the artcle No missing child at all……

  33. Johny says:

    Ms. Londa and others,

    See there is this crazy thing the online media do where they update and edit stories as more information becomes available. Therefore, when reading the first few comments that say “Damn the mother for leaving her kid in the car,” one can infer that the article stated such at the time. Then as the comments change from mother to mother’s friend, you can assume that more information became available as her ‘story’ became more clear. Finally, the comments where the child is fine and with the mother and the lady lied are from the current edition…

  34. A Scott says:

    Everybody is missing this part of the article:
    “Police later found the little girl safe at a house in South Dallas. The child was with her mother and father the entire time, police say. The family had no idea what was taking place.”

    The parents had no idea this was going on let alone were involved in the hoax.

  35. Ramone says:

    Did any of you read this?
    There Was No Child.
    The lady just wanted the police to respond faster so she could get her money and car back from her failure boyfriend that stole it.
    AGAIN
    THERE
    WAS
    NO
    NO
    NO
    CHILD.

    1. Larry says:

      Carlos, Ramone, please see the comment from 1:34 where someone explains the confusion seen in the comments. Funny to criticize about not reading or paying attention to details when ya dont read or pay attention…

  36. Carlos says:

    Thanks to all that know how to pay attention to details. The woman clearly stated there was “NEVER” a child insdie the vehicle. Sounds like she needed to get her hair done for the weekend(s) festivities, LOL.

  37. Shawn says:

    They obviously changed the article when the claim ended up being incorrect. There are a lot of ignorant people out there but if you llok at the time they posted it was still being reported as a child abduction.

  38. iks540 says:

    I belive they should fine her twice the amount of money she left in the car Plus Jail time !

  39. wclaybrook says:

    I hate when people are dishonest, she lied to the Dallas police to get attention. She should have to serve state jail time; it cost the citizens of Dallas money, resources and time.

  40. JS says:

    So are you saying one has to read the whole article?
    Me no likes reeding moore than I has too.

  41. vicki dela-hollins says:

    Geeze. what an idiot. Maybe that boyfriend will come back with the cash and bail her stupid butt out of jail. NOT!!! All that manpower wasted on a lie! I wonder how she like bologna sandwiches?

  42. coretta says:

    When are peple going to learn.

  43. craig says:

    Consider the possibility that the cash was from a drug sale or drug buy. Would you lie to get your car and drug money back….even claim there was a kid in the car. The boyfriend sure isn’t going to tell the truth…if it was even him who took the car and money. Maybe there wasn’t even money in there…just drugs.
    A tangled web has been woven….multiple lies. This is movie stuff.

  44. Bigwave Dave says:

    I’m thinking that the story should be revised and call him her ‘former’ boyfriend…..lol

  45. Jeff says:

    Good Lord people! The level of people’s reading/comprehension on this story is shocking. The reporter has already written it to a 8th grade level and still people on here can’t seem to grasp the concept of the story…sad.

  46. melissa jenkins says:

    Ok i am up this morning reading again the whole story. The lady who filed a false police report, is in dps custodyGood! as should she be. now LET ME CLARIFY 1 THING. Let the state issue a STUPID alert….”lady leaves boyfriend in car unattended and he steals large sum of money”…when are you young ladies going to realize unless you are married to a man for almost fourty plus years you cannot leave hium in a car with a large sum of money. Thats like leaving an escaped criminal next to a wells fargo truck, and telling him to watch it while you go to lunchDUH!!!! Did she call her local strip club to see if Mr. -X is paying strippers? Or better yet did she check out her local bank to see if he was depositing the money in the bank. Also, was it a tax refund check? if so, she was a dummy to be carrying aroud that kind of cash in the first place. Also, I bet the boyfriend is somewhere looking blowed out on weed or something, and laughing about how he GOT OVER on her, and now he’s moving on to the next VICTEM..Mooving on…Next news story at 10 p.m.

  47. AJ Meyer says:

    Wake up folks… this is all a side effect of the drug trade. “Large Amount of cash in the vehicle” equals drug money. You folks in Dallas should demand the DA and DPD get their acts together and put a meaningful dent in the drug trade. Drugs is the hub of the wheel. All these crimes is ancillary and and a direct effect of the drug trade. I know the justice system firsthand. There is only a fraction of cases that get adjudicated. DPD is playing a game of catch and release. I know the real ratios of those who actually see jail time versus arrests. Generally people get arrested far more times than get convicted. It’s time to shake off your inoculation and blindness to the real problem.

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