A mother who reported that her toddler had almost been snatched from her arms outside her East San Jose home Tuesday morning told police today she fabricated the story, San Jose police said.
Police were told that the mother was in front of her home in the 2000 block of Dayo Court while her 3-year-old daughter played in the yard when a stranger approached and commented about the little girl.
According to the mother, the man made her uncomfortable so she picked up her daughter, which was when the man grabbed both of the girl's legs and tried to pull her away, police said.
The mother said she kept a hold on her daughter and ran inside and the man fled on foot and was seen walking south on Pavan Drive, police said.
The mother reported the incident at 5:37 p.m. that day and arriving officers were unable to find the man in the area, police said.
Today the mother was re-interviewed by two detectives, which was when she admitted to fabricating the attempted kidnapping.
Pending review from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the mother may be charged with false reporting of a criminal offense, police said.
The mother had given police a detailed description of the man, and the department had released a sketch in an effort to track him down.
She had described him as a 25- to 30-year-old Hispanic man, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing a red baseball cap, jeans and a white or light shirt. She said that he smelled of motor oil, police said.
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