(NationalUSNews.com) — The Alabama nursing student who admitted to lying about her alleged kidnapping has been charged with two misdemeanors related to the hoax, NBC News reported.
Carlee Russell, 25, disappeared on July 13 after calling 911 around 9:30 pm to report seeing a toddler on Interstate 459. Russell then called to tell a relative about the toddler and said she was going to try to help the child. But the relative lost contact with her, according to Hoover police.
Russell’s alleged disappearance made national headlines as police launched a search for the supposed missing nursing student who turned up 49 hours later claiming she was kidnapped. But last Monday through her attorney, Russell admitted that she never saw a toddler wandering along the side of the road and her claim about being kidnapped was a lie.
In a press conference last Monday, Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis read a statement from Russell’s attorney in which the 25-year-old Russell admitted that she wasn’t kidnapped, saying she never left the Hoover area.
The Hoover Police Department said on Monday that it was consulting with the district attorney to determine if Russell should face criminal charges for the hoax. And on Friday, Chief Derzis announced in a press conference that an arrest warrant had been issued for Russell who surrendered herself to the Hoover City Jail to face charges of false reporting to law enforcement and falsely reporting an incident.
According to Chief Derzis, the charges are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,000 fine.
Russell was released after posting bond.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall told reporters that the case would be fully prosecuted and his office is monitoring the investigation to determine if further charges should be filed.
Emory Anthony, Russell’s attorney, said on Friday that they will “wait for the court date and see how we go from there.”
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