Kansas City, Mo. — Misdemeanor charges in a hoax child abduction have been filed against three boys, including a 13-year-old who prompted a citywide search while skipping school.
Kansas City Police searched for six hours for the boy after his 13-year-old stepbrother said the boy was abducted Tuesday from his school bus stop.
Investigators finally found the boy playing hooky at a 16-year-old friend's house not far from the bus stop. Police said the friend initially told them the boy was not at his house, and also had known about the search, but did nothing.
The purported abduction caused police to contact the media with an "Amber Alert," named for a 9-year-old Texas girl who was abducted and slain five years ago.
The boy who played hooky was charged with conspiracy to commit making a false report, and his stepbrother and 16-year-old friend were charged with making a false report.
The boys were not in custody Thursday.
Police said they hoped the charges would discourage other youths from playing pranks and wasting police resources.
"Kids will be kids, but so much time, effort and manpower go into an Amber Alert," said police spokesman Bob Murphy.
"It's important to send a message that this is a serious matter and there are consequences for abusing the system."