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Norfolk, NE woman charged after claiming her child had been abducted


A Norfolk, Nebraska woman is in jail after police say she falsely reported her child as having been abducted.

22-year-old Johna Richards was arrested late Monday night after police were called to the 100-block of West Phillip Avenue for a report that a 10-month old baby had been abducted.

Police say Richards told them she had checked on her sleeping baby and when she returned a few moments later, the child was missing and her back door was open.

Police found the baby a few minutes later just outside the home on the ground strapped into a car seat and covered with a blanket.

Officers determined that Richards intentionally left the child outside for about 15 minutes before calling police and that no abduction happened.

Richards faces false reporting and child abuse charges and is currently housed in the Madison County Jail.

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