SAN JOSE -- A mother who last month told police that a stranger tried to abduct her young daughter during a tug-of-war for the girl and later recanted her story is now facing a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a crime.

The woman, Jennifer Araujo, turned herself in to police on Monday and posted bail immediately, according to San Jose police officer Albert Morales, a department spokesman. Araujo is scheduled to make her first court appearance on March 6, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Araujo stemming from an incident on Jan. 15, when she told police a stranger tried to pry her 2-year-old girl from her arms in the front yard of their home.

Police took the report seriously and eventually released an artist's sketch of a suspect.

Police said the lie came to light after detectives canvassed the area a second time, talking to neighbors. Certain elements of the woman's story came into question and when she was brought in for another chat with investigators, she admitted that the story was a hoax, police said.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez



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