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Reported Fayette Co child abduction was a hoax

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OAKLAND, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE: Fayette County Sheriff spokesman Raymond Garcia confirms to FOX13 News the reported child abduction of a 11-year-old Thursday afternoon in Oakland, Tenn., was a hoax.

An 11-year-old boy admits an elaborate abduction story he told to police was not true and based off of a Lifetime movie he recently watched.

"We always worry about what effect movies, video games, and things like that have on children and their imaginations," says Fayette County Investigator Ray Garcia, "The fact that he told such a wild story, we have to treat it like it's the real thing. It was a bizarre story to say the least, concerning enough to us that we had to put the information out."

The boy tells FOX13 that he thought he was going to be in trouble with his father after he played outside instead of finishing his homework. His father – who asked that he and his son not be named or shown on camera – says his son is an "A" student and has not been trouble with his parents for at least two years.

"Our office appreciates the efforts of the media to get the information out as quickly as possible to the public," Garcia adds, "Based upon the details we had at the time of the initial call, we had no choice but to treat the situation as being real. We know that in child abduction cases, time is always of the essence.  In our position, we cannot afford to treat allegations such as these as 'crying wolf immediately, because doing so could have risked the lives of others."

Turns out the young boy may be in more trouble than he originally thought: The District Attorney's Office will be contacted to determine if any charges will be placed regarding "false reporting," Garcia said.


From earlier reports:

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted child abduction of an 11-year-old boy in Oakland that occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

The 11-year-old was checking his mailbox on Tomlin Road when a vehicle pulled up and tried the get the child inside, the sheriff's office said. When the child attempted to run the driver exited the vehicle grabbed the child and forced him into the car.

The child was forced to remove his clothing. About a half mile down the road he was put out of the car. The boy was only wearing his boxers and socks. The sheriff said the boy suffered no major injuries.

Sheriff deputies are searching for the driver is described as a possibly Asian male or mixed Asian race descent wearing black shirt and black cargo pants. There was a female in the front seat wearing a long sleeve black shirt, black pants, and a hood with a sleep mask with holes cut in it.

The sheriff said the victim could see what appeared to be pink hair coming from under the hood and he was able to see what appeared to be a 4- or 5-year-old boy and a nude 14-year-old boy.

The vehicle is described as a black four door car with mirror tinted windows and one shiny rim or wheel.  The vehicle has a brown interior.

The sheriff said the driver of the suspected vehicle was called possibly Trev or Trey by the other suspect in the car.   The boy told police the driver mentioned they were heading towards Mississippi.

If you spot this vehicle you are urged to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 901-465-3456.

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