A New York mother was arrested after she lied about her son being kidnapped to hide that the 1-year-old child was injured because he was unrestrained in his stroller and fell out, police said.
Jeymi Guerra Cordova, 23, was charged Saturday with making a punishable false written statement, Newsday reported. The mother first contacted police saying she was pushing her 1-year-old son in a stroller when a man with a thin build jumped in front them in West Hempstead just after 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The mother claimed the man grabbed the child but threw the boy onto the pavement after a brief struggle.
The child suffered scrapes on his face and a “large contusion on his forehead.” The would-be kidnapper then fled the scene, police said in an initial statement on Friday.
Cordova went on to describe what the attacker was wearing, but then admitted during a second interview with police that she made up the kidnapping story.
Cordova was released Saturday on her own recognizance without bail. She is due back in court on Jan. 31.