A West Virginia woman recanted her story Tuesday about a man attempting to abduct her 5-year-old daughter, causing her to draw a firearm and protect the child, according to police.
According to a Facebook post from the Barboursville Police Department, officers returned to the mall to view security footage. In it, they found inconsistencies with the woman's original report. No other witnesses to the crime could be found.
When police called the woman back to the station for a detailed statement, her story became even less consistent with the evidence, investigators said.
Eventually, police said the woman admitted “she might have misjudged the suspect's actions, overreacted to the uninvited touching of her daughter and misinterpreted the intentions of the male suspect.”