A week after Carlee Russell confessed that kidnapping was a complete lie, the 25-year-old nursing student is now facing two charges as a result of her fabrication.
The arrest warrant was issued earlier today, Hoover Police Chief Nicholas C. Derzis said in a news conference.
She surrendered to authorities at the Hoover City Jail to face two misdemeanor charges: false reporting to law enforcement authorities and falsely reporting an incident, he said. She was released from jail after posting bond he said.
Russell’s attorney, Emory Anthony, did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
“There was no kidnapping on Thursday July 13, 2023. My client did not see a baby on the side of the road. My client did not leave the Hoover area when she was identified as a missing person,” the statement, shared by her attorney said. “My client did not have any help in this incident. This was a single act done by herself.”
Russell’s disappearance captured the attention of the nation. She went missing after she called 911 on July 13, claiming she saw a toddler in a diaper wandering on the side of Interstate 459 South.
The 25-year-old returned home July 15 on foot and provided a story to police claiming that she was abducted, taken by a male with orange hair and a woman.
She claimed she was forced into an 18-wheeler truck and taken to a home where a man and a woman told her to get undressed and then took photos of her.
In a July 19 news conference, police said they were only able to have a preliminary interview with Russell and were waiting to complete a more in-depth interview to determine her whereabouts in the time she was missing.
Derzis said investigators were unable to corroborate many of her claims.
However, he said that during the course of the investigation, officials found internet searches on her phone about paying for Amber Alerts, how to take money from a register without getting caught and about the movie “Taken.”
In her statement Monday, Russell asked for forgiveness from the members of her community and law enforcement who rallied for her to be found when she vanished.
“My client apologizes for her actions to this community, to the volunteers who were searching for her, to the Hoover Police Department and other agencies as well,” her statement said.
Her confession comes after her parents appeared on NBC’s “TODAY” show saying their daughter had been abducted.
Russell’s ex-boyfriend, Thomar Latrell Simmons, posted on Facebook after she returned home, thanking the community for their support and alluding that she was kidnapped.
In a fresh post on Monday, he wrote: “I strongly feel exactly like you all. blindsided with Carlee’s actions.”
“Myself and my family’s nature was to react in love, and genuine concern. We are disgusted from the outcome of this entire situation,” he added.
Serves her right.