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Fayetteville mom charged for claiming daughter was abducted

Posted March 1, 2013

— A Cumberland County mother was charged late Thursday after making a false claim that her 8-year-old daughter had been abducted from Lucille Souders Elementary School. 

Deputies charged Latasha Michelle Bethea, 28, of Brookstone Lane in Fayetteville, with making an unfounded report to law enforcement officers and resisting, delaying and obstructing justice. 

Bethea reported her daughter missing Thursday afternoon, but she was later found safe at her grandmother's house. Deputies spent hours searching for the girl Thursday evening. 

Bethea was released from the Cumberland County jail under a $500 bond.


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  • jetset Mar 1, 2013

    Why in the world would this mother do this? She put a lot of people to unnecessary trouble. And, then to resist, delay and obstruct justice. Throw her tail in jail and let her think about what she has done.

  • erderr4533 Mar 1, 2013

    @jma47,i know what *falsely* means, what i was *trying* to say is that *maybe* she didn't *know* where the *kid* was or had forgotten that *her* mother was getting her and called the cops before thinking *harder* about it--maybe 'falsely' (is that the quotation you were trying to accomplish w/ all those poorly placed asterisks?) is too harsh and she was *merely* mistaken. sounds like *you* are judging by a picture and half a news *story* and, when somebody disputes it-it's time to break out the multiplication symbols bc we're so SERIOUSLY irritated that somebody, for once, thought hey! lets not just assume her guilt based on very little information and NO testimony from the person who actually committed the act!

  • luvstoQ Mar 1, 2013

    erderr4533, she was charged for *falsely* claiming her daughter was abducted. What do you not understand about that? She *knew* her daughter was OK. Sounds like she just was *trying* to make trouble and it backfired.

  • djofraleigh Mar 1, 2013

    every time someone cries abduction after this, they will get a slight hesitation from the public, and that is the worse of this crime...that doubt, that lesser reaction.

  • airbornemonty Mar 1, 2013

    Nothing like a whopping with a, Cat-O-Nine Tails to straighten a dunce.
    By the way, the $500.00 bond was too low.

  • amenmike Mar 1, 2013

    If she's guilty she should have to reimburse the agencies that spent resources looking for her child.

  • buford Mar 1, 2013

    erderr4533...I doubt she would have been charged for filing a false report if she in fact did "not" know where her child was. Sounds like something else is going on here...perhaps the grandmother has some custodial righs and the mom was just trying to make trouble...JMO, but the story sounds a little fishy...

  • kimisufu Mar 1, 2013

    So did the mom just make it all up or did she freak out over a pick-up miscommunication?

  • erderr4533 Mar 1, 2013

    it seems like this woman freaked out bc kid is gone and called the cops a little hastily...why is she a bad mom for that????? if she DIDN'T call the cops when her child disappeared you all would be trying to hang her by her toes but, bc her mother had the kid it means she's a bad mom. give me a break people and take a long look at what YOU would've done if you didn't know where your kid was

  • Obamacare rises Mar 1, 2013

    Good grief.