Crime & Courts

They were swimming when a man kidnapped her child, she told deputies. It was a hoax

Christina Chapman
Christina Chapman Courtesy Photo

A woman told police she was swimming at a Kansas lake when a man kidnapped her child, but officials said the 911 call was a hoax.

Deputies were first dispatched to a possible drowning at Big Bend Recreational Lake near Great Bend at around 5 p.m. Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

Christina Chapman, 35, of Great Bend, told officers that she was swimming with her 3-year-old child when a man hit her, grabbed the child and drove away, the post said. She told deputies multiple times that she did not know who had taken her child.

But witnesses told officers that they never saw a child with the woman or any other vehicles in the area, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies contacted the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to prepare an Amber Alert and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in case they needed to search for a drowned child, the sheriff's office said.

Detectives contacted other members of the woman's family, who said Chapman voluntarily gave her child to another family member several hours earlier, the post said.

"Evidently, the entire incident was a hoax," the post said.

Chapman was arrested on suspicion of making a false report and interference with a law enforcement officer and was released on $2,500 bond from the Barton County Jail, the sheriff's office said.