A white Californian “influential mother”, who said a Latin couple trying to kidnap her children, was charged after police said she made a story.
Sonoma’s Katie Sorensen was charged Thursday with two counts of making false reports, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said, one sent to a police dispatcher and the other to an officer, according to the officer.
Sorensen faces up to six months in prison for each charge.
It was not clear on Tuesday whether she had received a lawyer, and Sorensen could not be reached at the phone number listed for her.
In December, she posted a video on social media stating that a man and woman attempted to kidnap her two children in the parking lot of a Michaels craft shop in Petaluma, just outside San Francisco. About 40 miles north
Sorensen reported the incident to police that prompted an attempt to investigate the kidnapping.
Petaluma Police released photos of men and women. But cleared both of them after talking to them. In a statement in December, police said: “The investigation has no evidence or account evidence identified by the reporting department.”;
“The evidence gathered was used to support the accounts the couple got from the merchant,” the police continued.
In her social media video, Sorensen said a man who parked a lot near Michaels’ back walked up to her as she placed her baby in a double stroller.
She said the man looked “for a moment” and went back into his car. But then followed her into the store.Sorensen said in the video that the man came with a woman and they gave “heebie-jeebies” to her.
“I feel bad. But I think I’m judging the books by the cover. But they’re not clean people, ”she said.
Sorensen, who describes himself on social media as “mom influencer “went on to say that the pair commented on what her children looked like when following her, saying that she didn’t speak to them because she was” paralyzed with fear “.
In the video, Sorensen says she finished shopping, paid for, and started walking over to her car when she noticed they were still following her. At one point she shared how the man walked to her car and “Take two steps forward into the stroller” before “two steps back.”
She claimed the pair drove away after she yelled for help.
They were both identified by local media as Sadie and Eddie Martinez, according to Petaluma Argus-Courier. They denied the allegations at a December press conference and said they were at Michaels to buy Christmas decorations.
The couple said they believed Sorensen’s false allegations were racial motive.
“I couldn’t believe it, it was like we were actually guilty of being brown while shopping,” says Sadie Martinez.
“I don’t know anyone else that paid attention to the past four years. But there’s a lot of racism going on and Katie’s following outfit, ”she continues,“ Am I shocked? No, but how do we stand for it? No way. “
Sadie Martinez told the outlet on Thursday she was happy that Sorensen was charged, “It’s a good step forward to justice. It gives you hope, ”she said.
Darryl Morin with the Forward Latino group in Wisconsin urged the social media site to remove Sorensen’s video and replace it with a message stating her allegations were false.
“This is not a risky act, it is calculated and created to convince us that it creates more fear in the community, creates more divisions, and fosters hate,” he said in a telephone interview on Monday. Tuesday “When we see someone deliberately making a racist allegation to promote themselves, it can have serious consequences for members of our community.”