An 11-year-old Akron girl who said she was abducted on her way home from school Tuesday made up the story, police said.

Detectives on Wednesday found security video taken from an East Akron business that showed the girl walking on South Arlington Street during the time she said she was kidnapped, Capt. David Laughlin said Thursday.

Officers who work with children showed the security video to the girl’s mother Wednesday night and she confirmed the girl on her video was her daughter, Laughlin said.

On Thursday, the girl’s mother apologized to the community for her daughter’s story causing unnecessary fear. She declined further comment.

Police Chief Kenneth Ball does not want the girl charged, both because of her young age and because he doesn’t want the community to get the wrong message, Laughlin said.

“We want people to call us, whatever the circumstances. It is our job to investigate,” Laughlin said.

“We’d much rather it be a situation like this where we put in some man hours and have a happy ending, than not get a call.”

News that the girl’s abduction story was untrue will certainly come as a relief to parents of children at David Hill Community Learning Center.

They were notified Wednesday about the girl’s report and that school security and police neighborhood patrols had been stepped up.

Police haven’t sorted out where the girl was during the short time she said she was abducted Tuesday afternoon or why she made up the story. And the girl’s mother declined to say.

In the wake of the Florida school shooting on Valentine’s Day and a boy taking his own life inside a Stark County middle school last week, parents are already on guard, Laughlin said.

“This is just one more thing for parents in our area to worry,” Lauglin said. “We’re glad we don’t have somebody out there preying on children.”

Beacon Journal staff writer Rick Armon contributed to this report. Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or