Crime 'Mom influencer' charged after accusing Latino couple of attempted kidnapping
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A white California "mom influencer" who said awas charged after police said she fabricated the story.
Katie Sorensen, of Sonoma, was charged Thursday with two counts of making false reports, one to a police dispatcher and one to an officer, according to. She faces a maximum of six months in jail for each charge, the outlet reported.
It was not clear Tuesday if she had obtained an attorney, and Sorensen could not be reached at phone numbers listed for her.
In December, she posted a video on social media saying that a man and woman tried to kidnap her two children in the parking lot of a Michaels craft store in Petaluma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
Mom charged for lying about kidnapping attempt on Instagram
Days after Katie Sorensen went to the police with her story, the mom shared it on Instagram – even though police already determined no crime had taken place. About a week later, Sorensen took to Instagram, where she amassed 80,000 followers, according to BuzzFeed News. She posted two Instagram videos about the alleged incident, which gained 4.5 million views, according to Petaluma 360, a local news publication. Several people who viewed the videos went to the police with the information Sorensen shared.
Sorensen reported the fabricated incident to police, which prompted an attempted kidnapping investigation.
The Petaluma police released a photo of a man and woman but cleared the couple after speaking with them. In a December statement, police said that the "investigation has produced no evidence or witnesses corroborating the account provided by the reporting party."
"Evidence gathered has served to support the account provided by the couple from the store," police continued.
In her social media video, Sorensen said that a man parked near the back of the Michaels lot approached her as she was putting her children in a double-stroller.
She said the man looked "for a while" and got back into his car, but then followed her inside the store. Sorensen said in the video that the man was accompanied by a woman and they gave her the "heebie-jeebies."
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"I didn’t feel good, but I thought I was judging a book by its cover. They were not kind, that sounds bad, but they weren’t clean-cut individuals," she said.
Sorensen, who describes herself on social media as a "mom influencer," went on to allege that the couple made comments about what her children looked like as they followed her. She said she didn't say anything to the couple because she was "paralyzed with fear."
In the video, Sorensen said she finished her shopping, paid for the items and began walking to her car when she noticed the couple was still following her. At one point, she described how the man walked toward her car and took "two steps forward toward the stroller" before taking "two steps back."
She claimed that the couple drove off after she yelled for help.
The couple was identified by local media as Sadie and Eddie Martinez. According to the, they denied the allegations in a December press conference and said that they were at Michaels to buy Christmas decorations.
The couple said they believe Sorensen's false allegations were racially motivated.
"I couldn’t believe it. It’s like we’re literally guilty of being brown while shopping,” Sadie Martinez said.
“I don’t know if anyone’s been paying attention the last four years, but there’s been a lot of racism going on and well, Katie’s following suit,” she continued. “Am I shocked? No. But will we stand for it? Hell no."
Sadie Martinez told the outlet Thursday that she was happy Sorensen was charged. “It’s a nice step toward justice. It gives you hope," she said.
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