September 21, 2014
It sounded terrifying. A 4-year-old girl reported an attempted abduction, giving a detailed description of a man with spiked hair and a dragon tattoo who approached her on a Santa Ana playground Tuesday.
She told authorities the man showed her a gun tucked in his waistband.
Authorities dispatched eight police cars, a helicopter and a dozen
armed officers to find the suspect.
They even interviewed a man with spiked hair during a four-hour hunt.
But then the child admitted she made the whole thing up.
Amormino says the girl invented the attempted kidnapping to get back at her mother who had briefly left her daughter unsupervised in a play area.
He says the child was scared.
Amormino says investigators cannot charge the child, but may suggest her parents get some counseling.