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Police: Florida man fabricated details about daughter's kidnapping

Posted at 8:28 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 08:36:14-05

APOPKA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man embellished details of his 3-year-old daughter's kidnapping because he didn't believe police would would take her abduction by her mother seriously.

Apopka police say investigators re-interviewed Lester Mejia on Monday after his daughter was recovered within several hours of being taken near Orlando.

Mejia told detectives a relative had contacted him at work Monday to inform that his daughter's mother had taken the girl. He explained that he called 911 while returning to his Apopka home, but a dispatcher told him there was no crime if the mother had the child.

Fearing that he wouldn't see his daughter again, he made up a story of unknown abductors.