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Sheriff’s officials say Butte County boy faked kidnapping to avoid chores

Butte County sheriff’s officials say a 12-year-old Magalia boy made up a story about being kidnapped to get out of doing chores.

About 4:45 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s office received a call from the boy reporting that he had been kidnapped from his home in the area of Pinehurst Way in Magalia. He told authorities that he was splitting wood when he blacked out and woke up sitting in the woods with his kidnapper sitting across from him, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The boy reported that the individual threatened him with a gun, and at that point the youth threw a rock at the individual and was able to escape.

Sheriff’s officials said the boy provided a description of his alleged abductor and the suspect vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated and, based on the reported information, suspected that the story was false. After further investigation, officials said, the boy admitted that he made up the story to avoid doing his chores.

No law enforcement action will be taken against the boy, sheriff’s officials said, adding that they would leave it to the youth’s parents to handle the situation.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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