12-year-old apologizes to BCSO for kidnapping hoax

Apr 13, 2015 3:57 PM by News Staff

One week after a 12-year-old Magalia boy's claim that he was kidnapped was exposed as a hoax, he and his family offered a formal apology to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

On April 2nd the boy told Butte County Sheriff's Deputies he had been kidnapped from his home near Pinehurst Way in Magalia while splitting wood. He claimed to have blacked out and woken up in the woods, only to find himself being held at gunpoint. The boy told deputies he eventually was able to throw a rock at the suspect and escape.

Deputies began looking into the story and told the boy it didn't add up. He eventually told them he had made the entire incident up so he could avoid doing his chores.

Authorities decided not to pursue any charges and left the situation in the hands of the boy's parents.

On Friday the boy apologized to deputies and the community members.

Sheriff's deputies accepted his apology and appreciated the fact that he came to say he was sorry.


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