Stone Mountain police transport the little girl at the police station
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -
A mother was arrested after she reported a man abducted her 2-year-old daughter, sending police on a search for hours.
Police later said the woman may not have been telling the truth.
"At this time we're looking into what she has lied about, but we do have enough to charge her with false statements," said Stone Mountain police Detective Manuel Norrington.
The woman, who police have not identified, told police that a man nicknamed "Deuce" or "Lil Jon" took the little girl from her home on West Mountain Street in Stone Mountain around 3 a.m. Thursday, Norrington said.
The woman's story, however, soon began to unravel, Norrington said.
"Some information we found to be not true," Norrington said.
Stone Mountain police said that two people brought the toddler to the Decatur Police Department Thursday afternoon.
Police said the little girl was clean and in good condition.
Barbara Efoji, who lives in the complex, said she was happy the little girl was unharmed, but she had a tough time accepting the incident happened so close to home.
"I'm glad she's safe," Efoji said. "I'm surprised. From a scale of one to 10, I'm a 10."
Tamar Riley, who lives in the complex as well, said she now worries about her own childrens' safety.
"It's very disturbing," Efoji said. "If one thing happens, then you don't know what else could happen."
Police did not release the mother's name.
They did say they are charging her with child cruelty and making false statements.