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Attorney Who Made Up Kidnapping Had ‘Meltdown,’ Husband Says


— December 11, 2007

Karyn McConnell Hancock

A pregnant Ohio attorney who admitted that she fabricated her kidnapping left her family behind because she “experienced a meltdown,” her husband said Tuesday.

She never was abducted last week outside Toledo’s juvenile court building or forced into a vehicle, said police Capt. Ray Carroll.

Instead, she drove by herself to the Atlanta area, where she was found three days later outside an amusement park, investigators said.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a former city councilwoman, had been having psychological issues for several years, her husband said Tuesday.

“She experienced a meltdown and attempted to handle those matters without the assistance of professional help,” said Lawrence Hancock. “Karyn elected to leave everything because she felt that she was unable to continue.”

Police said at a news conference Tuesday that she recanted the story Monday after meeting with investigators for about eight hours. Hancock will likely be charged with making a false police report, said Police Chief Mike Navarre.

Details here from the AP via Law.com.


Karyn McConnell Hancock

A pregnant Ohio attorney who admitted that she fabricated her kidnapping left her family behind because she “experienced a meltdown,” her husband said Tuesday.

She never was abducted last week outside Toledo’s juvenile court building or forced into a vehicle, said police Capt. Ray Carroll.

Instead, she drove by herself to the Atlanta area, where she was found three days later outside an amusement park, investigators said.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a former city councilwoman, had been having psychological issues for several years, her husband said Tuesday.

“She experienced a meltdown and attempted to handle those matters without the assistance of professional help,” said Lawrence Hancock. “Karyn elected to leave everything because she felt that she was unable to continue.”

Police said at a news conference Tuesday that she recanted the story Monday after meeting with investigators for about eight hours. Hancock will likely be charged with making a false police report, said Police Chief Mike Navarre.

Details here from the AP via Law.com.

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