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Cherokee Teen Admits Abduction Hoax, Charges Pending

Posted November 7, 2007

— A Cherokee teen who said he was assaulted and kidnapped on Nov. 4 has “admitted to making a false report,” Cherokee police announced Wednesday. Charges were pending against the teen.

Derick Taylor, 14, told the Cherokee Tribal Police that he was abducted Sunday afternoon from the Elo Hill Community Center.

He used his cell phone to call officers and said he was in a shed. Taylor said he was driven there in a gold-colored vehicle down Aequoni Road but didn't know his exact location.

A nationwide Amber Alert was issued for him Sunday, and nearly 100 emergency personnel were involved in the search.

Taylor told police he was released by his abductors around 7 p.m. Sunday. He said he ran to a nearby gas station, where he called his family.

“The entire investigations division has been working exclusively on this case since receiving the initial report,” police said in a statement. “The investigation included searches for a crime scene, reviewing cell phone information and interviews with friends, family and potential witnesses.”

Charges are pending by investigators and will be handled by Cherokee Tribal Juvenile Services.

Cherokee Police School Resource Officers have been responding to requests from parents and community members to teach Stranger Safety. Officers will also be stressing the seriousness and the consequences of making a false report.


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  • Mrs. Fabulous Nov 7, 2007

    Somebody 'probably' should have received more than "time-out" when growing up! *wink*

  • 1Moms_View Nov 7, 2007

    I agree with GulfWarVet, make the kid work off all charges incurred because of his false report. Things like this cause people to ignore reports when a child is really missing.

  • clickclackity2 Nov 7, 2007

    UHHH.. Didn't they say witnesses saw him being beaten and abducted?

  • Nancy Nov 7, 2007

    "I'm sorry, but they need to make an example out of these kids for falsely reporting....make them pay some how for this...crying wolf, people are gonna stop paying attention to these Amber Alerts because they're going to feel it's not true. Shame on these kids! At 14, he knows better!"

    True, of course filing a false police report is only a misdemeanor in this state.

    And not everyone faces even that simple conviction, re: Crystal Mangum who started the perfect storm with her false report.

  • They call me CATMAN Nov 7, 2007

    GulfWarVet you got the right idea.

  • GulfWarVet Nov 7, 2007

    This kid needs to learn a lesson here. For every man-hour spent looking for his lame tail, he should have to clean that many public toilet bowls with a tooth brush.

  • Groovy Nov 7, 2007

    Like everyone else it seems, I knew it was a hoax the first time I read it. I actually prayed for this boy last week when I heard the amber alert. I guess he still needs praying for.

  • mvnull Nov 7, 2007

    Also, remember that being charged and being convicted is two different things. Charging the boy opens up various opportunities for his parents to get him the help he obviously needs.

    Get him straightened out, have him work off the cost of the search, and drop the charges. If not, then the charges can stick.

  • Gafan003 Nov 7, 2007

    I knew it!

  • jkuwalik2 Nov 7, 2007

    10-39, what planet do you live on. He reported a crime and then confessed it did not really happen. Prosecute him. What if he had kept the lie going and someone got falsely convicted? Would that be okay? The kid needs to be punsihed as if he had committed the crime he made false accusations about.