Carlee Russell Lied About Seeing Child On Highway, Abduction – Lawyer

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Carlee Russell, the Alabama woman who went missing and told a bizarre tale about seeing a toddler on the side of a freeway and being abducted, lied about the whole thing, authorities said Monday.  

Russell’s attorney, Emery Anthony, emailed a statement to the Hoover Police Department stating Russell admitted to not seeing a baby on the road and was not a missing person, police Chief Nicholas Derzis told reporters. 

“My client did not have any help in this incident. This was a single act done by herself,” the statement said. “My client was not with anyone or any hotel with anyone from the time she was missing. My client apologizes for her actions to this community, the volunteers who were searching for her, to the Hoover Police Department and other agencies as well and to her friends and family.”

Derzis said authorities were talking with local prosecutors about the possible filing criminal charges against Russell. He said a meeting was scheduled between investigators and Anthony on Tuesday to discuss what happened to his client during the 49 hours she couldn’t be found. 

“We still don’t know what happened in those 49 hours, where she was. Did she have any help? We have no idea,” Derzis said. 

“We wanted the focus to be, bring her home. She got home. We’re very excited about that,” he said. “That facts that I (spoke about) last Wednesday pretty much showed that we knew it was a hoax.”

Russell, 25, initially went missing after placing a 911 call on July 13 at 9:34 p.m., telling the operator that she saw a 3- to 4-year-old toddler walking along the southbound side of Interstate 459 near Birmingham, Alabama, authorities said. 

Police said Russell took a bathrobe and toilet paper from her employer, the Woodhouse Spa Birmingham, before getting food and shopping at a Target. 

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