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Baltimore Police find 2-year-old boy, say kidnapping story appears to be hoax

Baltimore Poilice Department Director T.J. Smith gives the lastest news on the missing child. The mother of the child fabricated the story to get her stolen vechicle returned quicker. (Baltimore Sun video)

Baltimore Police said a 2-year-old boy whose mother reported he was in the backseat of her stolen car has been found safe, and investigators now believe the initial report was a hoax.

Department spokesman T.J. Smith said the woman's vehicle was indeed stolen, but the child was at daycare the whole time. Police say the woman made up the story in hopes it would lead to a quick recovery of her vehicle.

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"The child was never in harm's way," Smith told reporters. "This was something that was fabricated in an effort to get a vehicle back. That's not a way to get a stolen vehicle back."

Smith said the woman, who was not identified, will be charged with making a false statemetn.

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The mother reported that she had parked her car in the 1300 block of Harlem Avenue in West Baltimore about 10:20 a.m., leaving her keys in the ignition and the car running with the child still inside, police said. She said she saw a man enter the car and drive away.

Police posted the boy's picture and photos of a similar vehicle, urging the public to help find the child. Smith said police spent considerable resources in an effort to find the allegedly kidnapped boy.

Police were in the process of getting an Amber Alert put out when the woman's story "started to unravel," Smith said.

This article will be updated.

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