BRANDON -- Police here say they spent 90 minutes on a search for a missing child that turned out to be a wild goose chase Monday afternoon.
The child's mother is accused of making up a story about a kidnapping.
Officers originally started looking for the three-year-old boy Monday afternoon at about 3 p.m. after the woman reported that he had been abducted from the downtown area.
They did what they say was an extensive search and investigation to try to find the child, but learned after about 90 minutes that the boy was actually with a relative. It's alleged that the boy's mother had given him to a relative earlier in the day, and had fabricated the abduction.
A 33-year-old Brandon woman was to appear in court this morning on a charge of public mischief.
-- Brandon Sun