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Police: Clayton boy made up kidnapping story

Posted April 19, 2010 2:06 p.m. EDT

— Police said Monday that an 11-year-old Clayton boy made up a story about an attempted abduction.

The boy told police he was jogging Thursday evening when a man waved him down near the intersection of Collinsworth Drive and Swain Trail in the Riverwood subdivision. The boy said the man put his hand on his shoulder and threatened to harm him unless he went with the man into some nearby woods.

The boy told police he ran from the man and escaped unharmed, and he provided police a vague description of the man.

Police said further investigation showed that the boy was seen playing in the area about an hour before sunset Thursday, which contradicts his story. Other evidence also supported the belief that the abduction story was unfounded, police said.

Investigators discussed the case with the boy's guardians, and they don't plan to file charges against the boy.