AMBER Alert for mom, young son turns out to be a hoax

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ST. LOUIS -- An AMBER Alert issued by St. Louis County police for a 1-year-old boy and his mother has been cancelled, and authorities are now saying there was never any abduction at all. FOX 2 in St. Louis reports that Diana Berrios Pimentel and her son were found at a Nashville, Tennessee gas station with family friends on Thursday.

The woman's cousin alerted police after Diana texted her that two Hispanic men had been circling north St. Louis County home. A short time later, the cousin received another message from Diana's phone saying that she and her son had been abducted, and weren't going to be let go unless certain demands were met.

Once found, investigators in Nashville interviewed the mom and two adults found at the gas station and determined she had left on her own free will, and had sent the text messages as a ruse to keep family from intervening when she wanted to leave the St. Louis area.

The abduction was classified as unfounded, and it's unlikely anyone will face charges from this incident according to a sergeant with the St. Louis County Police Department.