UPDATE: Trial date set for woman in false abduction case

Santana Renee Adams is set to appear in court Thursday on a false report of an emergency charge.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — UPDATE 01/16/20 @ 12:20 p.m.
A trial date has been set for a West Virginia woman charged with making up a story about an Egyptian man trying to kidnap her child in a shopping mall.

Santana Renee Adams’ trial on a charge of falsely reporting an emergency incident is set for April 6, according to a Cabell County magistrate court clerk.

Adams was initially hailed as a hero after claiming she used a gun to thwart the attempted kidnapping of her 5-year-old daughter at a mall in Barboursville last April. She told authorities that the man tried to drag the girl away by her hair, but her story unraveled when no witnesses were found and surveillance video didn’t support her claims.

The man was released from jail and Adams was charged.

UPDATE 01/03/20 @ 11:37 a.m.
The trial of a West Virginia woman charged with making up a story about an Egyptian man trying to kidnap her daughter in a shopping mall has been delayed again.

Santana Renee Adams’ trial on a charge of falsely reporting an emergency incident was scheduled to start Friday in Cabell County magistrate court. Adams’ lawyer now wants a jury trial, a court clerk said. Adams’ November trial also was delayed.

Adams was initially hailed as a hero after claiming she used a gun to thwart the attempted kidnapping of her 5-year-old at a mall in Barboursville in April. She told authorities that the man tried to drag the girl away by her hair, but her story unraveled when no witnesses were found and surveillance video didn’t support her claims.

The man was released from jail and Adams was charged.



ORIGINAL STORY
A court appearance has been set for a West Virginia woman accused of falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a shopping mall.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams is set to appear in court Thursday on a false report of an emergency charge. She faces up to six months in jail, if convicted.

Adams was initially hailed as a hero after claiming she used a gun to thwart the attempted kidnapping of her 5-year-old on April 1. But her story unraveled when no witnesses could be found and mall surveillance video didn’t support the tale. Adams then began changing her story amid questioning.

Abduction charges were later dropped against the accused man, a 54-year-old engineer who was in the area for work.