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Teen girl may have created kidnapping hoax to hide pregnancy

December 13, 2011 |  8:47 am

A 17-year-old girl who became the focus of an Amber Alert last week made up the elaborate kidnapping tale and is now facing charges, authorities said.

Christina Almanza was first reported missing Thursday from her Solano County home after she sent her family text and voice messages saying she had been kidnapped and was being held captive in a basement, authorities said. Her family contacted the Solano County Sheriff's investigators, who activated a statewide Amber Alert Friday morning with info about the girl's car.

The Suisun City girl was found the next day at a home in Vallejo.

Authorities said she may have created the hoax to get her parent's attention. Family friends told Fox 40 news channel in Sacramento the girl may have made up the story because she is pregnant. She wanted to return home to parents who were so relieved to see her, they wouldn't be upset about the pregnancy, the station reported.

Almanza was arrested and booked on charges of making a false report. She was released back to her family.


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