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Pregnant Lawyer Wasn't Kidnapped

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A pregnant lawyer who claimed she had been kidnapped has recanted her story.

It isn’t clear exactly what Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, is now saying happened during the several days she was missing from Toledo, Ohio, last week. But she has recanted her original story that two men and a woman kidnapped her at gunpoint near her downtown law office, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Hancock, who is a former Toledo city councilwoman, as well as the daughter of a Toledo municipal court judge, apparently confessed that her kidnapping story was a hoax during police questioning on Monday, according to the newspaper.

Police did not give a motive for her fictional story, but Hancock’s husband says she had a breakdown. “She experienced a meltdown and attempted to handle those matters without the assistance of professional help or others,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Karyn elected to leave everything because she felt that she was unable to continue.”

She had recently been sued by a former client who “accus[ed] her of taking money from him that he was owed from an accident settlement,” the AP reports.

Details of Hancock’s original claims are discussed in an earlier post.

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