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Police: Mother Could Face Charges For Fake Kidnapping Call

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A local mother could be facing charges after police say she made up a story that her daughter had been kidnapped.

Columbus police received a call regarding a kidnapping along Parsons Avenue in south Columbus at about 2 a.m.

Detectives say the caller, a woman in her 40s, stated she was walking home from the bar with her 27-year-old daughter when two unknown men grabbed her daughter, and forced her into a vehicle.

The mother told police that she followed the two men to a home on East Gates Street where a man with a gun told her to leave.

Officers responded to the East Gates home and tried to make contact with the people inside of the home. When no one responded, SWAT officers were called to the scene.

SWAT officers were able to make contact with the seven people inside the home, including the woman's daughter.

The daughter told police her mom had been inside the home with her, but was asked to leave following an argument.  

Detectives say the seven people inside of the home cooperated with officers during the investigation and the mother will likely face charges for inducing panic or abusing 911.

The Columbus SWAT team is one of only 15 full-time SWAT teams in the United States. Their primary mission is handling hostage and barricade situations.

Lieutenant Paul Ohl, with the Columbus Division of Police SWAT team, says it's safe to say they had dozens of personnel respond and spent thousands of dollars and put many lives at risk.

"Anytime a police officer whether it's a plain unit or a marked unit, and our plain units are equipped with lights and sirens, are responding, there is a risk their travel because they are traveling at a high rate of speed and of course they are possibly going through intersections of course they are doing this at the safest manner possible but there is always a risk or a possibility that an officer could be injured," said Ohl.

The costs includes overtime for all of the personnel, fuel for the vehicles, and a number of other factors.

Whether or not Columbus police recuperates any of that money is up to the courts.

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