Updated: East Point Police Say Missing Child Report was Hoax - Mother Bonds Out

Why would someone report their own child missing, when they weren't?

Cyndi Cuffie, courtesy of East Point Jail
Cyndi Cuffie, courtesy of East Point Jail
UPDATE: As of Thursday afternoon, Cascade Patch has learned that the mother accused by officers of falsely reporting her child as missing has bonded out of jail. According to WSB, "Cuffie was granted $5,000 bond. Cuffie's defense attorney said she moved to the Atlanta metro area just two weeks ago for a job and is currently going to school."

Original Report - An East Point mother is being charged with making false statements to police after it was determined that her 3 year-old daughter was never missing as the woman had claimed.  

According to WSB, "investigators said Cyndi Cuffie, 28, told them that her daughter, Kamile Shorter, disappeared from the 1400 block of Elizabeth Lane around 5 p.m. Tuesday."

East Point police took the report very seriously and mounted up a desperate search for the girl, who they thought may be outside in the open-air cold elements.

Little did the police know, but the child was safe and warm at her Hapeville Daycare where her mother dropped her off that morning.  East Point Police were called by the daycare, once the child was not picked up by the mother and that is when the police were able to determine this was the same child that had been reported missing.

Lt. Cliff Chandler released a statement saying, "we don’t believe anything happened to the child, but we do believe this incident is hoax that was perpetrated by the mother."

Additional media reports say Cyndi Cuffie, the 28 year-old mother, is being held in the East Point Jail and is facing a felony charge of making False Statements.


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