Child abduction prompting AMBER Alert 'fabricated'

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PEORIA, Illinois (KWQC) -- Reports of a child abduction in Farmington, Illinois were a hoax, according to the Peoria Sheriff, Brian Asbell.

In a Facebook page, the sheriff wrote the abduction was “fabricated” and said “no child in danger.”

According to the sheriff, state police have a suspect in custody. It is unclear who that person is.

The man listed as a suspect in the original AMBER Alert, James Jackson, posted on Facebook that he was innocent. It's unclear if he is in anyway connected to the hoax investigation.

The original AMBER Alert was issued for a 13-month-old child abducted during what was said to be a car theft at a Circle K gas station, Saturday.

According to Illinois State Police, Bentley Dutz was in the back of 2000 Ford Taurus when the vehicle was taken.

Dutz was last seen wearing a yellow Bob the Builder shirt and white onesie with a blue hood.