When a mother claimed that she was terrorized and robbed and her 6-year-old disabled daughter assaulted Wednesday night in a home invasion in south DeKalb County, sympathizers called wanting to help the family.
But hours later, police said the woman lied.
After an extensive investigation Thursday, police determined that Ms. Jordan Davis’ story about four to five masked gunmen breaking a window and barging into her home was made up, according to DeKalb County police.
“The mother and boyfriend’s stories didn’t match up and some of the physical evidence didn’t match up,” police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said.
The woman told police that around 6:15 p.m., the intruders threw a cinder block to break a window and once inside her Seabass Road home they kicked Ms. Davis’ autistic child in the side and held a gun to her head, Capt. Fore said.
She told police the men then stole Christmas presents, the child’s medicine and an iPod from the home off River Road, Capt. Fore said.
After her story aired, an overwhelming number of sympathizers called the media and the police department wanting to help the family, Capt. Fore said.
“As the news report spread, people wanted to make a donation and assist the family and replace the things they lost,” Capt. Fore said.
But the evidence at the scene and the woman as well as her live-in boyfriend’s statements didn’t match up, the captain said. The boyfriend was not at home at the time of the alleged assault, but corroborated the woman’s concocted tale.
She told the same story to the media.
She and her daughter, who is autistic and suffers from epilepsy, were upstairs when the men barged in, according to media reports.
I heard a crash, and then I heard a boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” Davis told Channel 2 Action News. “It was the intruders coming up the stairs.”
She said her daughter, who can’t speak, “was of course scared and crying.”
At least one of the intruders had a gun, and another had a large knife, Ms. Davis said told the news station. They forced her and her daughter into a closet.
After kicking her daughter in the side, one of the thieves “picked her up by her hair and held a gun to her right temple and told me to give them everything I have or he would kill her,” Ms. Davis said. “It was real scary for everybody.”
The thieves ransacked the daughter’s bedroom, stealing clothes, medication that 6-year-old Jade takes to control seizures and specialized medical equipment she uses to help her communicate, Ms. Davis said told the media.
They also took all the family’s Christmas presents.
“They just stole Christmas from us,” Ms. Davis told Channel 2. “It’s sad.”
Police have not yet determined why the couple lied. The woman and her boyfriend face a charge of filing a false report, but police have held off arresting her because of the child.
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