Phoenix police: Girl has recanted abduction

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Police say a 12-year-old Phoenix girl who reports she was kidnapped on her way to school and awoke in an alley hours later has recanted her story.

They announced Thursday night that the case is closed.

The girl told police she was headed Wednesday morning from her home near 24th Street and Broadway to Perry L. Julian School, which is about a half-mile east of her home.

The girl says as she was about to cross 24th Street, she was approached from behind and felt something wet cover her mouth.

It wasn't until about two hours later that she says she awoke in an alley with her clothes torn.

While detectives tried to corroborate the girl's story, they also ran a sexual assault kit.

The girl's name hasn't been released.

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