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Posted: 9:21 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013
By Blair Miller
LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. —
Investigators said a statewide Amber Alert was triggered by a lie. A woman claimed a man kidnapped her child, but police said that man is the girl's father. Eyewitness News obtained more from that father and how it all unfolded. Outside the home of Mary Bowen in Lincolnton, there was no sign of the mother, who told authorities Sunday night that her daughter, Christina, has been abducted. Police took it seriously and issued a statewide amber alert looking for her and Troy Koonce. "I did not kidnap my baby," said Koonce. He said the baby is his daughter and he drove from his home in Beaufort County to pick up the 3-year-old at his ex-girlfriend's house in Lincoln County. "Mary Bowen herself put the baby in my car, buckled the baby in the car seat. We got in an argument. I left and everything was fine," said Koonce. But when Koonce returned home, he noticed the Amber Alert for his daughter and immediately called 911. Police said they plan to drop the kidnapping charges against Koonce, and they expect to file charges against the mother. "I really thought a kid had been kidnapped," said neighbor Josh Shot. Neighbors would not go on camera Monday night, but said they thought the mother was genuinely concerned last night afraid for her daughter's safety. Now many of them question why she would ever lie about it. Eyewitness News has been checking with police Monday night, and so far they have not pressed charges against the mother.
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