Woman Posts About Child Luring In Walmart, Police Call Her Out As A Liar

Pasco police said a social media post describing an attempted luring and kidnapping at Walmart was entirely fabricated.

Pasco, WA – Police officials said that a woman who wrote a long Facebook post about sex traffickers trying to grab her daughter in a Pasco Walmart was “crying wolf” and that the incident never happened.

The false Facebook post got more than 1,600 shares and created a panic in the community, KEPR reported.

The woman posted the false information at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night and claimed she had just returned from the Road 68 Walmart in Pasco.

She said that her 12-year-old daughter was “almost taken” while they were shopping in the store at about 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The woman wrote that a man had smiled at her daughter and signaled for her to go to him, and that he then followed them around the store with his phone as they tried to get away from him.

Then she claimed another man targeted her daughter as they shopped for bananas, and wrote that she grabbed her daughter, abandoned their shopping cart, and ran from the store.

The post said the woman locked herself in her car with her daughter and cried after the incident.

“Never did I think this would happen to me. Never did I think I would be writing this. SICK, SCARY PEOPLE ARE IN THIS WORLD,” the woman wrote.

She also went on to say she had reported the incident to the police and Walmart, and claimed that particular Walmart had several similar incidents occur that were available in police records.

The terrifying post quickly went viral and Pasco police began investigating, according to a statement on the Pasco Police Department’s official Facebook page.

Police talked to Walmart and learned they had not been notified by the woman who had posted the account.

Then they reviewed surveillance video inside the store and identified the woman who had made the post in the videos.

“No attempted luring occurred,” Pasco police said definitively in their post. “The original poster reported that they were alarmed by the number of men inside the Walmart on Friday evening, on their cell phones, who looked at the poster’s 12-year-old daughter. The poster implies that the men were part of a sex trafficking ring. In particular, the man described as following them around the store is actually shown on security video to be stationary, playing on his phone, glancing up at the poster and girl, stepping out of their way, and resuming standing there, playing on his phone.”

“The idea of a stranger abduction in public is every parent’s worst nightmare, and the poster’s actual fear level may remain unknown, but a review of the video indicates that the fear was unreasonable, that no-one is seen following the poster’s daughter, and that no-one is seen stepping toward her,” police continued.

Police said that the woman did not contact police or Walmart when the incident supposedly occurred, but that Pasco police tracked her down through her Facebook page on Sunday.

“The poster admitted ‘embellishing a lot’ of the story when reinterviewed by police,” Pasco police wrote. “The poster admitted lying about contacting the police because the poster feared being judged harshly by commenters if the poster did not claim to have already contacted the police. The call to the non-emergency line and the entire conversation the poster paraphrases never took place. Worse, the reported conversation contains bad info that no reader should rely on.”

“The poster admitted that they did not abandon the cart and half-carry the daughter out to the car, where they sat and cried for awhile. In reality, they purchased their items, pushed the cart out to the car, and drove off,” police said.

The woman’s post was deleted shortly after police showed up at her front door to discuss it, KEPR reported.

"All of the information was not true. She was creating a paranoia out there that doesn't need to be there because it’s false," Pasco Police Sergeant Scott Warren said. "She went as far to say that she might have embellished a lot of what she thought was going on.”

Police said that woman could be facing charges for the false post that caused mass hysteria, KEPR reported.

"It could be a misdemeanor all the way to a Class A felony," Sgt. Warren said.

Although the post was deleted, it was copied and reposted by numerous people and has continued to cause panic in the Pasco area, KEPR reported.

Comments (16)
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Janken
Janken

One. Sicko. Remember the people who said they were poisoned by pills or anything that there were no covers under the lids. That was stopped by company's who put sealed covers under the lid. Now you have jackasssses that lick ice cream. There are certain type of people that are sickos

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Hey Sgt. Warren: why not charge with with causing a mass hysteria? She embellished the story, and more than 1,600 people shared her lie, which further spread the paranoia based on a lie.

Shouldn't her actions have consequences? If not, what's to stop the next person from making up a story that causes an undue panic among the public?

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

When you’re having a bad day and need to let off steam.....just attempt to have some random shopper labelled a paedophile. It’s only his life, and imagine all that yummy pity and attention! No harm - no foul. 🙄

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

She probably isn’t happy with her life and wanted attention. Misery loves company. She was worried about being judged harshly for not reporting it to police, how does she think she’ll be judged now. I don’t make the rules but that how society will react.

mamagray
mamagray

We had this same thing in Northwest Indiana being reported on facebook but nothing was ever proven.

rds40
rds40

Sadly this isn't uncommon. I don't even think those doing it realised it. I see it here in my current town. Not to th that level of seriousness. But they create incidents where none exist.

DC-TX
DC-TX

Damn she didn't think they would check the store video? Not too bright.

Stanracer
Stanracer

That should be good for a couple months of double secret probation.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

She must be related to Jussie Smollett, Erica Thomas and Edawn Louis Coughman!!