CBS affiliates WBMA and WVTM reported that Carlee Russell entered an agreement with the police that she would feign kidnapping. A false report was made to law enforcement authorities and a false incident report was made to authorities. Her guilty verdict resulted in Carlee Russell spending a year in jail and paying nearly $18,000 in restitution, reports indicate. According to CNN affiliate WVTM, Russell's attorney Emory Anthony will appeal to a circuit court so his client doesn't go to jail.
As far as restitution is concerned with the expenses, Anthony said Carlee Russell does not object to paying it. That is fair to say, so we have to agree with that. It is always necessary to prove restitution whenever you are asserting that you are entitled to it. As a matter of fact, I would think that $17,000 and the hours spent would be a fair amount."
The client of Anthony's firm has apologized for the actions she has taken, and he just wants to make sure she's in a good mental state, as she has apologized.
The kidnapping staged by Carlee Russell in July caught the attention of the nation when she mysteriously disappeared after calling 911 in regards to a child walking along a highway after calling 911 to report a child walking along the road. It was discovered that Carlee Russell had not been found at the scene, but her vehicle and personal items were discovered by officers who arrived on the scene. Almost 49 hours after the police began the search for Carlee Russell, she returned home and made the shocking disclosure that she had been taken hostage, held hostage for nearly a month, and escaped.
She was kidnapped on the night of the 25th of June in 1973, and the authorities continued their investigation. In an investigation into Carlee Russell kidnapping, police discovered that Carlee Russell frequently searched the Internet for things like, “Do you have to pay for the Amber Alerts? ” and “How to take money from a register without being caught.”
What Happened to Carlee Russell?
An adult toddler was walking along the side of an interstate in Hoover, Alabama, on July 13 when Carlee Russell, a 25-year-old nursing student, called 911 and reported seeing the toddler walking along the side of the road. Carlee Russell, who lives in the town where the incident occurred, has been charged with child endangerment in connection with the incident. According to the police report, Carlee Russell told a dispatcher a few minutes before the incident that she was going to pull over and assist his mother. Carlee Russell then grabbed her phone and called her brother's girlfriend who overheard Carlee Russell screams. Thereafter, Russell disappeared for 48 hours without a trace.
The moment Carlee Russell arrived at her family's door, her parents were of the opinion that she was in a bad state and alleged she had been abducted, as the assertion Carlee Russell made when she finally appeared at the door of her family. During her investigation, Carlee Russell told police that she experienced a harrowing experience where she was assaulted by an 18-wheeler truck, forced to send pictures of herself in her bare flesh without her consent, and managed to escape multiple times from a house. The police had some trouble verifying Carlee Russell story, so it took some time for them to do so. A video surveillance of the interstate around the time of the alleged incident showed neither a man nor a toddler standing beside the road, while Carlee Russell online searches indicated some "strange" activities around the time of the incident. Russell had admitted to her lawyer, via his lawyer, several aspects of her story were untrue, but she still denied filing a false police report in October, arguing that she had no knowledge that a kidnapping had taken place, and that she had been framed. The following is a brief summary of what has taken place so far.
In an apparent attempt to help someone else, Carlee Russell called 911.
Carlee Russell left the Birmingham spa where she works part-time with a brown robe, toilet paper, and other items belonging to her employer. Then she drove home on I-459 after eating at a Mediterranean restaurant and shopping at Target. In the early hours of the morning at 9:34 p.m., she saw an abandoned toddler walking along the interstate. A few minutes after she received a call from her brother's girlfriend, she hung up from the phone so that she could check on the child before returning the call to her brother's girlfriend. Apparently, the girlfriend heard Carlee Russell scream as she got out of her car, addressed someone, and then got back in her car, according to the New York Times, which interviewed Carlee Russell mother, Talitha. The only thing she could hear from the highway after that was the sound of traffic.
It was reported that when the police arrived at the scene, they found Carlee Russell car still running when they got there. It was found that she had lost her wig, as well as some belongings that were scattered around the area, but no sign of Carlee Russell, nor of a toddler was found. As you can see, the items she took from the spa and the snacks she bought from Target were gone when she arrived at the abandoned vehicle, except for her purse and food she had picked up.