‘Influential mom’ charged after accusing Latino couple of attempted kidnapping

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A white California ‘influential mom’ who said a Latino couple attempted to kidnap her children has been charged after police say she made the story.

Katie Sorensen, of Sonoma, was charged Thursday with two counts of misrepresenting, the Sonoma district attorney’s office said. One was addressed to a police dispatcher and another to an officer, authorities said.

Sorensen faces a maximum of six months in prison for each charge.

It was not clear on Tuesday whether she had obtained a lawyer, and Sorensen could not be reached at the phone numbers listed for her.

In December, she posted a video on social media saying that a man and woman attempted to kidnap their two children from the parking lot of a Michaels craft store in Petaluma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco. .

Sorensen reported the fabricated incident to police, which prompted an investigation into an attempted kidnapping.

Petaluma Police released a photo of a man and woman, but cleared the couple after speaking with them. In a December statement, police said “the investigation produced no evidence or witnesses to corroborate the account provided by the reporting party.”

“The evidence gathered was used to support the account provided by the couple from the store,” police continued.

In her social media video, Sorensen said a man parked near the back of Michaels’ lot approached her as she was putting her children in a double stroller.

She said the man watched “for a while” and got back into his car, but then followed her inside the store. Sorensen said in the video that the man was accompanied by a woman and they gave him the “heebie-jeebies”.

“I didn’t feel good, but I thought I was judging a book by its cover. They weren’t nice, it sounds bad, but they weren’t neat individuals,” she said.

Sorensen, who describes herself on social media as a influential mum, “continued, alleging that the couple had commented on their children’s appearance while following her. She said she had not told the couple anything because she was” paralyzed with fear ” .

In the video, Sorensen said she had finished shopping, paid for the items and started walking to her car when she noticed the couple were still following her. At one point, she described how the man walked over to his car and took “two steps forward to the stroller” before taking “two steps back”.

She claimed the couple left after screaming for help.

The couple have been identified by local media as Sadie and Eddie Martinez. According to Petaluma Argus-Courier, they denied the allegations at a press conference in December and said they were at Michaels’ house shopping for Christmas decorations.

The couple said they believed Sorensen’s bogus claims were racially motivated.

“I couldn’t believe it. It’s like we are literally guilty of being brown while shopping,” Sadie Martinez said.

“I don’t know if anyone has paid attention the past four years, but there has been a lot of racism and well, Katie has followed suit,” she continued. “Am I shocked? No. But are we going to defend it? Surely not.”

Sadie Martinez told the outlet on Thursday that she was happy Sorensen was charged. “It’s a good step towards justice. It gives you hope, ”she said.

Darryl Morin, of the Forward Latino group in Wisconsin, called on social media sites to remove Sorensen’s video and replace it with a post claiming his claims are false.

“It was not a random act. It was something that was calculated and orchestrated to, in our opinion, create fear in the community, create greater division and promote hatred,” he said. Tuesday during a telephone interview. “When we see someone intentionally making these racist accusations to promote themselves, it can have devastating consequences for members of our community.”

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