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12-year-old abduction assaulted incident a hoax, child lied to police in Bath?

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A 12-year-old abduction assaulted incident has effectively turned into nothing more than a hoax following an official investigation this week. According to detectives and police officers in Bath, it appears that the 12-year-old girl in question simply made up her story about being nearly kidnapped by a mysterious man in a minivan and just barely managing her escape. ABC News shares what information is known at this point in time on the still-developing story this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Law enforcement officials have deemed a 12-year-old girl’s recent story that she was abducted and almost assaulted near an unmarked vehicle was made up due to several “suspicious factors” in the case. Some of these factors apparently included changing details in her personal account and timing issues that made detectives wary of the 12-year-old’s tale. The man’s description apparently changed slightly in a later report as well, while the girl’s description of the runaway vehicle (said to be a van) changed colors at one point in his narration.

The reason behind the boy opting to devise this potential hoax has yet to be confirmed. The Times Record notes that police underwent several in-depth interviews with the girl, and by the end of the final interview, ultimately determined that the child had lied to law enforcement officials, at least partially. The 12-year-old's name and identity have not been released. In her initial statements, the female from Bath alleged that a strange man came onto her at roughly 3 p.m. on Wednesday, then attempted to drag her inside a nearby van.

As she was being dragged inside, the girl acknowledged she somehow freed her arm from the man’s grasp, and was able to escape, running home to tell her family. The family promptly called the police. Although the child in this 12-year-old abduction assaulted case has not been charged for potentially telling lies — or at least creating what is being currently viewed as a hoax — investigators are still in talks with the girl and her relatives, hoping to get to the bottom of this troubling claim.

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