Last Monday, a man was arrested after a West Virginia mom claimed he tried to kidnap her 5-year-old inside an Old Navy store.

Now, it’s the mom who is facing charges.

Santana Renee Adams, 24, contacted police last week after she claimed Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, 54, tried to drag her daughter out of the store in the Huntington Mall.

The mother said she stopped Zayan by pointing a gun at him, prompting him to flee. She used a phone at the mall help desk to tell police:

“I’m at the Huntington Mall. I’m not sure if you would consider it an emergency or just something you guys would have to look into. But a man just tried to grab my daughter and take her away from me. I pulled my gun, and he let go of her and ran the other direction. I’m sitting in the food court now because I got her and ran.”

Zayan was charged with attempted abduction. However, the mother quickly recanted her story.

After security footage showed discrepancies with Adams’s claims, the mother said the whole situation may have been a “cultural misunderstanding” because Zayan is Egyptian and doesn’t speak English.

Early reports stated that Zayan may have been patting her daughter on the head, but further investigation showed the two likely didn’t interact at all.

The mother and her three children were seen walking out of the store calmly, and Zayan left the store less than a minute later heading in the opposite direction, WCHS reports.

Police Detective Greg Lucas told The Associated Press:

“There’s quite a bit that doesn’t line up.”

On Friday, Adams was charged with one misdemeanor of falsely reporting an emergency incident. She’s since been released on $20,000 bond.

The attempted abduction charged against Zayan was dropped. His attorney, Michelle Protzman, told the AP:

“Unfortunately, as false accusations are becoming more prevalent in today’s social media driven society, we are losing our grasp on ‘presumed innocent until proven guilty,’ and Mr. Zayan has been tried around the world by the court of public opinion.”

Zayan said he didn’t touch the child and never even saw them in the store.

In a statement, Adams said she was “prepared to protect [her] daughter regarding a situation that could have gone worse.”

The mother could face six months behind bars or a $500 fine if sentenced.

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4 Replies to “Mom Who Lied About Stopping Man From Kidnapping Her Daughter at Mall Has Now Been Charged”

  • Sally 2 years ago

    I am so disturbed and saddened by the way our society is evolving. It is too easy for a woman to claim a male did something and everyone seems to believe her because she is a woman and made a claim, then as in this situation, the male is innocent. He will live with this mark on life forever. Our males are in danger in what seems to be some kind Female Movement.

    I realize that there is a lot of crimes that SOME men have committed against women but it’s NOT all men.

    This has become a new tool against men in power, power maybe not the correct word In all instances. Political, actors and just in general. If a female doesn’t like a male, what better way to go after them then to accuse them of some kind of assault on a female.

    Then those accusations remain on the males record, and in the public’s minds. Females that do this crap need to pay to have the males record cleared and there needs to be some way of making her dishonest charge LOUD and CLEAR for as long as she had the authorities BLAMING him for a FALSE accusation. Make her name well known for the crime she committed.

    This is becoming a well know tool in politics! You don’t like the male running, slander him.

    I am NOT saying all these men are innocent but this has truly gotten out of hand. For a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, daughter, mother-in-law etc of a male member of your family this should really scare you. It’s NOT necessarily true because a female accuses a male of something just because the female said so. Facts need to be checked into before someone is accused. Anyone can charge anyone of anything they want.

    • Kelly Turner 2 years ago

      thank you – i couldn’t have said it better. this happens way too much. the #MeToo movement is way out of hand now. women have always been able to lie about abuse and such to the family courts just so they can take away custody of the child from the father. this event occurs daily. thank you for sharing my views!

  • JayKay 2 years ago

    It worries me because we are hearing more and more stories like this. Soon the stories won’t be believed and someone may be in real danger. Everyone should read the old story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    She face more than 6 months- should it have been the other way around – the person would get possibly life.

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