FORT MYES, Fla. -- A teenage girl, who “cried wolf” about being kidnapped, has been charged with giving false information to law enforcement officers.
A terrifying situation Sunday turned into one of relief for the 14 year old's grandparents. "I was a little upset yesterday, my heart, you know, but the situation came out well. and I thank God," said the girl's grandmother.
Deputies say what was thought to be an abduction turned into the case of a 14 year old who wasn't telling the truth. They say she met 27 year old Edward Martinez online, and told him she was 18.
According to deputies the two decided to meet in the Billy's Creek area of Fort Myers on Sunday, where he picked her up, and took her to his apartment. "I see all the cops here, helicopters," said a neighbor. "They knocked on the door, and said 'hey we are looking for a girl!'"
Deputies say Martinez provided the girl with alcohol and marijuana. He's accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, cocaine trafficking, and drug possesion.
But the girl's grandparents tell WINK News he's not completely to blame, although they say he should of known better. "It's not all his fault. He didn't truly know for certain, you know," said her grandfather.
"I'm not going to exclude her from the situation because she knew exactly what she was doing," said her grandmother. "We do well. But we can't keep track of these teenagers 24/7. We do our best. To some of the moms and dads out here you know, just keep track and know where (your kids) are at all times. Because the world is crazy now."
The girl was arrested for giving false information to law enforcement officers.
The Lee County Sheriff's office says it's too early in the investigation determine how much the search cost, and if it will bill the family or not.