Trial for Cabell County mom in false abduction case pushed to 2020

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A trial has been delayed for a Cabell County woman charged with making up a story about an Egyptian man brazenly trying to kidnap her daughter in a shopping mall.

A Cabell County court clerk says 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams’ trial on a charge of falsely reporting an emergency incident has been moved to January. It had been set to start this week.

Adams was initially hailed as a hero after claiming she used a gun to thwart the attempted kidnapping of her 5-year-old in April. She told authorities that the man tried to drag the girl away by her hair, but her story unraveled when no witnesses were found and surveillance video didn’t support her claims.

The man was then released from jail and Adams herself was charged.

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