Woman accused of lying about abduction attempt at Marion Walmart

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MARION COUNTY, OH (WCMH) – A central Ohio mom is paying a huge price for fame after admitting to lying about her child being grabbed at a local Walmart.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Chelsie Hendel after she posted a video on social media saying someone tried to snatch her child. Investigators said she also claimed she contacted authorities and was given the silent treatment.

Deputy Chief Aaron Corwin told NBC4 she made the post on August 9th.

“For an allegation that we didn’t do anything about that that’s upsetting that’s upsetting,” said Corwin.

Corwin said once they saw the post they investigated.

We actually went to the store and reviewed the surveillance video and found that her claims were absolutely false and none of that had happened,” said Corwin.

Deputies arrested the 27-year-old this past Friday.  She’s charged with inducing panic.  Why would she do this? Corwin says he just doesn’t know.

“If you’re going to report something like that, make sure it’s factual. There’s no reason to induce that type of panic,” said Corwin.

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