Police: Pa. boy was late, not kidnapped

February 15, 2011 7:25:49 AM PST
State police say a 10-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania boy wasn't kidnapped as he claimed, but simply needed an excuse to explain to his mother why he was late getting home from school.

Troopers in Girard aren't identifying the boy who called his mother to say he had been kidnapped from the Imperial Point Mobile Home Park in Girard Township Monday afternoon.

A state police crime corporal tells The Associated Press the boy got off a school bus and was walking through the woods. When he had to answer for why he was late, the boy told his mother he had been kidnapped.

Police say the boy acknowledged making up the story when police investigated. The boy is too young to face criminal charges.