Authorities in New York say a mother invented a false story involving a kidnapping attempt in an effort to explain an injury her 1-year-old son sustained while in her custody.
According to the New York Post, Jeymi Guerra Cordova approached police in Nassau County earlier this month to recount the supposed attack by a stranger.
The Hempstead, Long Island, resident allegedly claimed a man approached as she pushed her son in his stroller along Fulton Avenue on Tuesday, claiming she attempted to fight back and the assailant dropped the boy to the pavement below.
Police initiated an investigation at that time in an attempt to identify the kidnapper. Meanwhile, the young boy was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for injuries including abrasions and contusions to his head.
Instead of facing a would-be kidnapper, however, police believe she failed to properly restrain the boy in his stroller and he fell to the sidewalk, causing his injuries.
Police reports indicate the development in the case came during a subsequent interview with the suspect, as reported by WPIX.
She allegedly admitted to investigators that she was lying in her initial report of the kidnapping attempt. Police claim she concocted the false scenario to take the onus off of herself for allowing the boy to ride unrestrained in his stroller.
Police opted to arrest Cordova, who is expected to face criminal charges including one count of making a punishable false statement to police.
[Featured image: Jeymi Guerra Cordova, Nassau Police Department]