A little girl is in big trouble after writing a fake plea for help at a Northwest suburban bank.
A customer later found the note, which said the girl had been kidnapped and missing since 2009. It also asked that police be notified.
A day later, after hours of investigation, the girl was found living safely with her biological father.
Although she was initially taken into custody and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct, police decided to be lenient due to her age. Instead of appearing in juvenile court, the young girl will have to write a letter of apology and faces other restrictions at home for six months.
"She felt bad about giving everybody the scare that she did, and the resources that were used to look for her," Richmond police Detective Pamela Hewett told the Daily Herald. "She regrets what she did."