Report of Missing Illinois Infant a Hoax, Police Say - NBC Chicago

Report of Missing Illinois Infant a Hoax, Police Say

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    Report of Missing Infant a Hoax

    An Amber Alert issued Saturday night, turned out to be a hoax, police said. Mitchell Dutz lied because he wanted to use the 1-year-old as leverage after being robbed during an alleged drug deal, officials said.

    (Published Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018)

    An Amber Alert in western Illinois has been cancelled after police say a man fabricated the kidnapping to get revenge after a drug deal gone wrong.

    Late Saturday night, an Alert was issued after a man claimed a 13-month-old boy was kidnapped while sitting in a car at a Circle K gas station in Farmington. The alert was later cancelled after police learned that the story was fabricated, and authorities say the baby’s father, identified as Mitchell Dutz, is in custody in connection with the case.

    Police say that Dutz wanted to use the fabricated kidnapping story as “leverage” after being robbed during an alleged drug deal. Authorities say that he is facing multiple charges in connection with the incident.

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