A 17-year-old Canton girl faces three charges including a state jail felony after admitting she made up a story about being kidnapped.

Seniya Jones turned herself in to the Canton Police Department Friday morning, according to a department news release.

She is charged with unauthorized uses of a vehicle, a state jail felony; false alarm or report, a Class A misdemeanor; and false report to a peace officer, a Class B misdemeanor.

After being transferred to the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, she posted bail Friday.

Miss Jones told officers she made up the kidnapping story because she had taken her mother's vehicle without permission on Tuesday and wrecked it.

Officers responded to the scene of the two-vehicle wreck on Farm-to-Market Road 2909, east of Texas Highway 19, about 4:20 p.m. that day.

Miss Jones told them she had been kidnapped from her house and forced into her mother's Honda CR-V by the kidnapper, who drove away from her home and, after the car wreck, ran into the woods. Law enforcement launched a manhunt in response to her story.

The Canton Police Department has contacted the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney's Office, and will seek restitution for the manhunt expenses caused by the false report, according to the news release.

Those expenses include calling in off-duty police officers to assist in the search for the reported kidnapper, and expenses incurred by the Texas Department of Public Safety for the helicopter used in an aerial search.

The case will be referred to the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney's Office for prosecution, according to the news release.





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