West Virginia Mom Accused Of Fake Abduction Tale To Appear In Court

Santana Renee Adams, 24, charged with falsely reporting a Middle Eastern man tried to kidnap her daughter at a mall in Huntington, W.V. (CNN Newsource)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A court appearance has been set for a West Virginia woman accused of falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a shopping mall.

Santana Renee Adams, 24, is set to appear in court today (Sept. 26) on a false report of an emergency charge. She faces up to six months in jail, if convicted.

Adams was initially hailed as a hero after claiming she used a gun to thwart the attempted kidnapping of her 5-year-old on April 1. But her story unraveled when no witnesses could be found and mall surveillance video didn’t support the tale. Adams then began changing her story amid questioning before eventually being arrested.

Abduction charges were later dropped against the accused man, a 54-year-old engineer who was in the area for work.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.