LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina mother has been arrested after authorities said she lied about her daughter being kidnapped, prompting a statewide Amber Alert.
WCNC reported that Mary Bowen told Lincoln County authorities her 3-year-old had been taken from her home by force on Sunday night.
The kidnap suspect turned out to be the child’s father, who Bowen said was her ex-boyfriend and cousin.
Bowen told WSOC she agreed to let the child’s father take her to his home for a week but then changed her mind.
Bowen said she told the lie that led to the Amber Alert because she felt bad about letting her 3-year-old go with the child’s father.
Authorities said the child was found in Washington, N.C. with her father and the Amber Alert was canceled around 1 a.m. Monday.
Bowen faced a magistrate judge Tuesday morning on one count of filing a false report.