Scottsdale police: abduction report fabricated

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police say a girl who reported being kidnapped after school on Thursday made the story up to avoid getting in trouble because of a bad grade.

The child, a 10-year-old girl who attends Hohokam Traditional School, was reported missing earlier in the afternoon and when she was found told  told police she was taken by a "scary man."

Hohokam is an elementary school in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Officers from the Salt River Police department spotted the girl at around 6 p.m. walking near Scottsdale Community College in the area of the Loop 101 and Chaparral road, and she told them she'd been abducted.

When the girl was interviewed by Scottsdale police officers she admitted to making up the story, according to Officer Dave Pubins.

Pubins said the girl recieved a bad grade on a school assignment and did not want to tell her mother. She apparently hoped by running away her mother would not be focused on the assignment.