LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman was arrested after she allegedly lied about her niece being kidnapped so officers could find her car. The Louisville Metro Police Department says there was no child in the car, but there were drugs.
LMPD said Frantinne Scott, 36, of Louisville, reported on June 22 that her eight year old niece was in her car and that the car had been stolen.
"The vehicle apparently was taken by some type of means from the 1700 block of Prentice Street, where she left it running with the keys in it," LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.
Officers found the red Chevy Camaro with Florida license pates in the 2700 block of Grand Avenue. Police say it was a rental. Because they feared for the safety of the girl, officers used a slim-jim tool to unlock it and to make sure she was not in the trunk.
Metro police say while there was no child in the car, officers did find - in plain view - a black pouch with a white substance in individual baggies. According to a police report, officers also found prescription bottles, pills, ecstasy and what appeared to be crack.
At the scene on Wednesday, Scott gave reporters an explanation of why the drugs were found in the car.
"They stole my car," Scott said. "They stole my car and left it here and left it drugs in it."
Police say Scott was high on cocaine at the time of her arrest.
She was in court Thursday. Her attorneys told the judge she isn't a threat. They added that Scott has been a nurse for 18 years and was recently in a car accident.
The judge released Scott on her own recognizance after she spent a few hours behind bars.
WAVE 3 News stopped by the address that was listed for her and no one answered.
Police say they're glad no child was ever in danger. The case did tie up a lot of officers who could have been working on other things, however, they say it wasn't a complete waste of time.
"The car had a significant amount of drugs inside, so even though she reported it stolen it still yielded us some fruit, in terms of arresting this individual trafficking drugs," Mitchell said.
Scott's attorney, Alex Dathorne, told WAVE 3 News that "this an unfortunate incident" and they are looking forward "to availing the judicial system to seek a fair and just resolution."
Scott is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of falsely reporting an incident. She is scheduled to be back in court on July 13.