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Story of abduction attempt in Allegan causing controversy
ALLEGAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There's a frightening Facebook post out there that police in Allegan say is not based on facts.
It warned about the attempted abduction of a child at the Allegan County Fair, but the problem is that police say they don't think it happened.
The post put a lot of people in Allegan on edge, and the fair took it seriously and began an investigation right away.
The mom writing it says last week during the Allegan County Fair, she was separated from her young daughter and "a man in a plaid shirt picked her up and walked away."
She says with the help of a ride operator, she was able to chase the man down and get the girl back, and even says thank you to the ride worker.
Seeing the story online, fair administrators told Newschannel 3 Friday that they immediately took action and investigated.
"On reading that, we started contacting law enforcement, our fairgrounds security, and no one had any report on the claimed incident," said Saree Miller, an Allegan County Fair manager. "Then, we contacted the carnival."
Miller says she was able to track down the carnival employee mentioned in the post and she says it never happened.
Both the fair and Allegan Police have been inundated with calls on the alleged abduction, which prompted police to investigate.
The Allegan Police Chief told Newschannel 3 that a report was never filed, and after talking with the woman who wrote the post, he says the story was just not credible.
"People were concerned, which was very understandable; it's a very small community, it's a very nice community, and if something happens like that in Allegan, it's a big deal," Miller said.
We reached out to the woman, but she didn't want to talk.
The post mentions another abduction attempt on this street as well, but police have no record of that happening either.