A mother has admitted making up a dramatic story about a couple trying to abduct her baby from a Walmart parking lot, police say.
Emily Lyons, 31, was charged with filing a false report after police studied the store’s network of security cameras and discovered no such kidnap attempt had taken place.
A court citation indicated that Lyons ‘agreed the incident did not occur.’
Emily Lyons has been accused of making up a Facebook post about an alleged attempt to abduct her son in a Walmart parking lot (Picture: WHAS)Lyons Facebook post about Saturday’s supposed kidnap attempt outside the Louisville, Ky., store described in chilling detail how a couple in their 40s tried to snatch her young son.
The post, which was shared 15,000 times read: ‘This afternoon my whole world flashed before my eyes. Jaxson and I had gone to Walmart, like we have so many times before.
‘We shopped, we checked out, and we headed to the car to load up.
‘I have always been afraid to put him in his seat in the car with the AC because I worried someone would drive off with him in.
”Instead he is in the cart, facing me, making it so I have to reach around him to get my groceries.
‘Today, that all changes. As I was putting things in my car a lady approached us and talked to him, like people always do. “He is so cute”
‘The next thing I know, a man walks past the cart and tried to take Jaxson.
Part of Lyons’ Facebook posting, which has since been taken down (Picture: WHAS)‘Within that one or two seconds, my whole world crashed. Thank God he has fat thighs and is hard to get it if the cart.’
Lyons added: ‘To that man and woman, may you never be successful in your attempts. I feel so violated, I feel so defeated, I feel so let down by the human race.
‘I could in those seconds I could see my son sitting in a cold, dark room, in dirty clothes and diaper, being drugged so he wouldn’t cry, waiting for someone to offer the right price. I have never felt so helpless.
‘This was at the Walmart in Hillview, in broad day light, with plenty of people standing around.’
Lyons claimed the abduction happened at this Walmart parking lot in Louisville, Ky., – but surveillance cameras told another story (Picture: Google Maps)Lyons later added that she ‘never imagined’ the story would go viral, but said she was happy to be ‘creating awareness.’
She has since deleted her Facebook account, and the post which landed her in so much trouble.
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Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed her arrest on their own Facebook page, and wrote: ‘Social media is a powerful tool to get out information about public safety, but it’s important to remember that not everything reported is accurate.’
Lyons will now make a court appearance which could see her ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
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