Woman made up story about attempted child abduction at Walmart, LMPD says

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The woman who claimed someone tried to abduct her baby has been charged with filing a false police report.

Emily Lyons, 31, posted on social media that her child was nearly abducted from the parking lot of a Walmart store in Hillview, but upon investigation, LMPD determined the 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.

Just a reminder to be cautious when getting information about public safety from social media posts. LMPD has charged a...

Posted by Louisville Metro Police Department on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A woman who lives near that Walmart location told WAVE 3 News' Connie Leonard on Tuesday that she was surprised someone would make up a story like that, in part because there are so many surveillance cameras there.

“You would think that nobody would make up a story in the Walmart," Meredith Dambros said. "They have great camera systems that zoom in and out and see pretty much every corner in the parking lot.”

Social media expert Jeff Rushton told Leonard that in their haste to post or share something on social media, sometimes people forget what responsibility comes with it.

“Anytime you’re going to share something on social media or share someone else’s story, it should be (from) someone you know or it should be a reliable source," he said. “You’re endorsing something the minute you re-share or post something on social media.”

Lyons' citation indicated “she agreed that the incident did not occur.”

She’s due in court next month.

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