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Woman Charged After False Abduction Story Makes Rounds On Social Media

Posted at 11:11 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 11:11:44-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) –  A woman who claimed someone tried to abduct her baby at Walmart has been charged with filing a false police report.

According to WAVE 3 News, Emily Lyons posted on social media that her child was nearly abducted from the parking lot of a Walmart. However, Louisville police determined over the weekend that abduction attempt never took place.

“Investigators reviewed surveillance video and determined that no attempted abduction took place,” LMPD wrote on its own Facebook page, and added a warning to the public about the importance of being cautious when sharing social media posts.

“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,” LMPD wrote.

Lyons’ arrest report indicated “she agreed that the incident did not occur.” She will appear in court in October to answer to charges. She has since deleted her Facebook profile.