August 3rd, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Girl's hair-raising kidnap tale a hoax, police say

A 10-year-old girl in Hanover, Germany, told neighbors and police that a scissors-wielding man had tried to kidnap her and cut off her hair Tuesday, but that wasn't quite true.

In fact, it wasn't true at all, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported.

After police spent several hours searching the girl's neighborhood for the perpetrator and guarding her house against his return, the girl admitted she had made the whole thing up.

The real story, the paper reported, was that the girl and her younger brother had found a pair of scissors in their basement and haphazardly cut off each other's hair. Realizing their parents would be upset, she told the kidnap story to a neighbor, who called police.

However, the police became skeptical when the girl's story changed after a couple of hours. She at first said the man had entered the house and confronted her; she later said she had run into him outside, and he followed her into the house, intent on stealing her hair.

The newspaper didn't say whether the girl would face any punishment from police - or her parents.

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  1. Ummmm.....

    Ole Philly boy is the King of Misleading info...

    August 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. LADYDI

    DAMN KIDS.............

    August 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Roman

    She cannot get any punishment from police. Under 14 you are incapable of crime in germany. She maybe will get an argument with her parents, nothing more. We are not the US there 10 year old kids are taken into prison.

    Best wishes from Germany

    August 18, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • anonymous010

      Seriously? Under 14 in Germany and you can't be charged with a crime? That's a pretty silly law considering this girl likely committed (admittedly, a minor) one by fabricating this story and telling it to police. What do you do if a child under 14 does something more serious like theft or murder?

      August 31, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Here's a punishment idea...

    Maybe her punishment should be to have her head shaved. That'll teach her...

    August 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. rtbrno65

    I think she is in over her head if she is really thinking that this hairbrained scheme would work. I think it's a real close shave for her, they could easily have had her in permanent custody.

    August 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mer

      This is the kind of comment that keeps me addicted to reading comments. Bravo, you.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cooper

    wow, that was the most ignorant thing I've ever read on any forum... congratulations

    August 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jack

    In the end, I have little doubt the parents will sue the police and win.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. palintwit

    I thought this was another article about one of those freakin' Palins trying to get attention again.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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