Ohio Attorney Charged With Making Up Kidnapping

A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped was charged Friday with making false alarms.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a former city councilwoman, never was abducted last week outside the city's juvenile court building, police said.

Hancock's husband has said she had a "meltdown" and that she was seeking treatment. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A message seeking comment was left with Hancock's attorney, Jerry Phillips.

Hancock was reported missing Dec. 5 and was found three days later after she flagged down a motorist near Six Flags in Austell, Ga. Her car was found nearby.

She told authorities that a man with a gun abducted her in downtown Toledo and forced into the back of a van, police said. She recanted the story Monday after meeting with investigators for about eight hours.

Investigators said she drove by herself to the Atlanta area and they don't think her husband or anyone else knew what she was doing.

Hancock's father, C. Allen McConnell, is a Toledo Municipal Court judge, and her husband is bishop of Final Harvest Church.

One of the attorney's former clients recently filed a lawsuit against her, accusing her of taking money that he was owed from an accident settlement. Maurice Morris, of Toledo, said Hancock negotiated a $10,000 settlement but never gave it to him.

On Tuesday, another former client accused her of forging and cashing checks that he was supposed to receive without his knowledge. Hancock has not been charged in either of those two complaints.