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California mom and Instagram influencer who went viral last December after accusing a Latino couple of trying to kidnap her kids from a Petaluma craft store has been accused of giving police false information , according to county prosecutors.
Katie Sorensen of Sonoma County faces two counts of allegedly lying to the cops about the incident. The extravagant indictment against longtime locals Eduardo and Sadie Martinez, who have five children of their own, was a clear case of racial profiling, the two said at the time.
“Great news for all of us, but especially for my cousin, Sadie Vega-Martinez and her husband Eddie,” a family member wrote on Facebook after the charges were announced. “They were falsely accused by this ‘influencer’ of attempting to kidnap his children from a local Michaels store. A major allegation! She obviously didn’t know who she was joking with … my cousin. Prima, I’m so glad you persisted! There absolutely must be consequences for the attention-seeking “influencers” that make up the drama for likes and opinions on social media… Can you imagine this happening to YOU? It could very well. And it’s unreal.
The wild claim started with a video Sorensen posted on December 13 to his now defunct Instagram account @motherhoodessentials.
“On Monday of this week, my children were the target of an attempted kidnapping,” she said. “Um, which is so weird to even vocalize. But, uh, it happened. And I want to share this story with you with the goal of raising awareness of the signs to look for and just encouraging parents to just be more aware of their surroundings and what’s going on around them.
Sorensen, who is white, later told local media outlet KTVU that a man and woman followed her, her 4-year-old son and her 1-year-old daughter to the store. She said in the Instagram video that she then overheard the couple, who “didn’t necessarily look clean,” on the phone, describing what their children looked like.
“I heard them talk about the characteristics of my children, but I was totally paralyzed with fear,” Sorensen continued. “I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything.”
She claimed the couple followed her and their children into the parking lot and acted oddly as they walked over to their van, which was parked near Sorensen.
“Very awkward,” Sorensen said, explaining that the duo then walked away without further incident. “There’s no other explanation as to why they were doing this, other than they were just building courage… I saw these people, they didn’t necessarily look flawless. I felt uncomfortable with them, and instead of making them uncomfortable with my discomfort, I chose to stay in my discomfort.