UPDATE: Huntsville Police say report of child abduction was misunderstanding

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police say a report of a child abduction was a misunderstanding.

"The goofing around that they were doing in the car could be misinterpreted as a child being kidnapped," said Captain JesHenry Malone with Huntsville Police.

The initial report from police is that a 12-year-old girl was walking home from school on Hawthorne Avenue Thursday.  The girl said she saw two men forcing another young girl into a gold minivan.

Police responded to the scene but could find not evidence of foul play.

"At that point we starting consulting with Huntsville City Schools and calling different entities and parents to see if they had had any reports of missing kids. And we were not able to find any reports of kids who had not returned home," said Captain Malone.

After the reported abduction made the news later Thursday night, police say a mother called the police to say it was no abduction, just a prank played on her daughter hours earlier.

"She was not letting the kid get in, and then the kid got agitated, started screaming and yelling. And at that point she let the kid in the car. We interviewed that parent, we interviewed that child and we made the conclusion that that was what the girl was witnessing, but it was not a kidnapping," said Malone.

Police say the mother and daughter drove away and didn't realize until they got back into town last night that there had been a report of an abduction.

Huntsville City Schools Director of Communications Keith Ward says school official worked with police to help identify a possible missing student.  No missing child was reported to either Huntsville City Schools or Huntsville Police.


    • Red

      I know that “wow” means that you automatically assume that some deadbeat parents haven’t reported their child missing yet. But it could ALSO mean that the 12 year old witness didn’t see an abduction… but just thought she did. Lets hope that is the case.

      • Terry Le Dactyl

        Good point.

        This entire situation gives me the creeps.
        Let’s say there was no abduction. Maybe she is making it up. Or, she saw something that “only appeared” to be an abduction.

        Watch the video on Channel 48. The witness recognized the girl, knew she was 13 yrs old and also knew that the alleged victim was supposed to be picked up by her mom an hour later. She just did not know her name.

        Maybe, as you pointed out, there was no abduction. Maybe, it was two angry male family members forcing her into the gold mini van. The police must know by now who the child was, once the 12 yr old witness could describe the child to Westlawn school officials.

  • Nuclear Mike

    Glad to see HPD on top of what could have turned out to be a tragedy and yet was not…the girl took the correct action.

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