Sheriff: Central Heights 'kidnapping' wasn't real

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two young girls were not really kidnapped Sunday afternoon, but instead wandered off from a residence and made up a story about an abduction in order to avoid getting in trouble.

Sheriff Thomas Kerss said one of the girls admitted it was a fabricated incident. He said she admitted they had wandered off from the residence in the Central Heights area.

He said she admitted they got the idea for the fabricated story from a video of a similar incident the girls viewed three days before. They made up a description of the suspect vehicle from a driver who stopped and asked if the girls needed help.

Kerss said that while it is not good that they made up a story like this, he is glad a suspect kidnapper is not on the loose.

"I'd much rather it be a false report than a real occurrence," Kerss said.

The girls, aged 9 and 10, said on Sunday that they were forced into a pickup on a driveway in the Central Heights area by a man at gunpoint. They said the man let them go a mile from the residence.

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