Amber Alert Canceled, Mother Charged

November 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A south valley mother is in jail tonight after police say she made up an elaborate kidnapping story that prompted a statewide amber alert.Johanna Ramirez is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, child endangerment, child abuse, and filing a false police report.

Tulare police say she originally reported Friday night that two masked men broke into her home, tied her up, and took her 3-year-old daughter.

Investigators found Ramirez's car in a nearby orchard and the little girl was inside, with her hands and feet tied. She told police that her mother was the one who tied her up. That's when police arrested Ramirez.

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