Woman's children found safe after reported carjacking - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

UPDATED: Memphis woman jailed after falsely reporting she was carjacked

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman has been jailed after falsely claiming her three children were taken during a Wednesday morning carjacking.

Three children were found safe at a family member's house after their mother said they were inside a vehicle that was carjacked Wednesday morning.

Ashley Boone, 22, told police she stopped at McLemore and Wellington just after 6:00 a.m. because of a flat tire.

Boone told officers that as she worked on her car, an unknown suspect approached and offered to help her.  Boone said the suspect then got into the car and drove off, with her three children, ages 4, 3 and 2 still inside.

Melvin Sparks, who lives nearby, said Boone banged on his door asking for help.

"She was crying the whole time," Sparks said. "We gave her the phone and she was calling the police and we was trying to get some information about what happened, and she pretty much said that someone was helping her fix her flat, and they jumped in the car and pulled off with the kids, and she was very hysterical."

Memphis police issued an AMBER Alert as they searched the city for the children, who were located around 8:00 a.m. at a family member's house.

Then, just after 8:30 a.m., police called off their search for the woman's car due to a lack of credible evidence.

Boone was booked into jail just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday on charges of filing a false police report. 

Police have not said why Boone apparently lied about being carjacked.

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