A woman reported a two-year-old boy missing on Friday in the Auvergne region of France. The only problem: investigations revealed the boy doesn’t actually exist.
The woman, who claimed to be an aunt of the boy and whose name has not been released, said he was named Chayson Basinio and that she last saw him in a supermarket parking lot where he was supposedly separated from his mother. She then alerted the authorities to the disappearance, and they began a frantic search for the boy.
Police found pictures allegedly of the boy and his father, Rayane Basinio, 20, on Facebook, but that was the only evidence of their existence. They searched high and low for Chayson, until it became apparent that he, nor his parents, actually existed. The investigation, according to public prosecutor Eric Mazaud, has been turned on the woman who reported the crime.
“The inquiry for kidnapping and sequestration has obviously been redirected into one of reporting an imaginary crime or offence,” Mazaud said. “It [the inquiry] was long and complicated but we can now say that the young Chayson has never existed and nor have his father or mother.”
There’s a Department of Imaginary Crimes at the Ministry of Magic, right?
The woman, now in police custody, faces up to six months in prison and a €7,500 fine if found guilty. Police are also questioning her daughter and cousin (both minors), who they believe might have been involved with setting up the fake Facebook accounts.
Mazaud calls this “a very modern-day story” and says they’re working on a motive. Their time is probably best spent working on a diagnosis for this woman.The Guardian]