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Woman claims daughter was kidnapped
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A mother has been charged after claiming someone had kidnapped her daughter and was holding her for ransom.The mother, Alyssa M. Coleman, 24, waived her right to a preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on the charge of filing a false report.Her charge comes after she called police and told them her daughter was missing.“She stated she was at Walmart with her daughter and was unable to locate the child in the store,” said McMinnville police officer Brian Holt.After claiming her daughter had disappeared, the woman reportedly told the officer she knew who had abducted the child.“She stated she was with the child’s father at Walmart and that he kidnapped their daughter,” Holt wrote in his warrant against Coleman, noting the claims became even more sinister.“She said he was texting her demanding a cash ransom,” Holt added.An investigation of Coleman’s claim blew her story out of the water. Police found the child was never at Walmart with her mother that day, nor was the girl ever kidnapped.“Upon further investigation, it was discovered the child had been home with Ms. Coleman’s mother all afternoon and was not with Ms. Coleman at Walmart,” Holt revealed.The reason for Coleman’s alleged lie to police about her daughter’s abduction has not been revealed.Since her report prompted an investigation about a false report, the crime is considered a felony for which she could serve two to four years in prison if convicted.