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Cali influencer accused of falsely claiming Latino couple attempted to kidnap their children
Twitter / KTVUA A California mom and Instagram influencer who went viral last December after accusing a Latino couple of trying to kidnap their kids from a Petaluma craft store have been accused of giving fake information to the police, according to county prosecutors. , 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 savage statement began with a video Sorensen posted on December 13 to his now defunct Instagram account, @motherhoodessentials.” On Monday of this week my kids 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 for the purpose 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. ”Katie Sorensen says strangers have tried kidnapping her kids outside the Petaluma @MichaelsStores after following them inside. Her @instagram https://t.co/EJOakaAPfE videos have reached 2 million views. @petaluma_police is investigating. She and @PollyDad s ‘express pic.twitter.com/j4Qt7hYmue – Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 15, 2020 Sorensen, who is white, later told local media KTVU that a man and woman followed her, her 4- one year old son and one year old daughter in the store.She said in the Instagram video that she followed e 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 her children into the parking lot, and acted strangely as they walked to their van, which was parked near Sorensen. , explaining that the couple 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. Police from the Petaluna Police Department released a CCTV image of the couple and asked witnesses to come forward, but they could not find any evidence or witnesses to corroborate Sorensen’s account. a subsequent press conference, “I couldn’t believe it. It’s like we are literally guilty of being brown while shopping. “The Martinez quickly made public their desire to see Sorensen sued.” Do you really think it’s okay to go online and be racist and tell stories about a family? Sadie Martinez said at a rally several days later. “It’s hard enough being a Latin family in a white community.” “Getting up and going shopping one day and then being accused of trying to kidnap someone’s children is heartbreaking… Unfortunately we have targets on our backs,” she said. claimed the couple hadn’t bought anything in the store before they supposedly followed her outside. But the surveillance photo appeared to show them making a purchase. Shortly after the controversy broke out, Sadie Martinez’s daughter, Esaia Gonzalez, told BuzzFeed News that she was “horrified” by Sorensen’s allegations and that she believed Sorensen had probably heard the couple talk about it. their own grandchildren, not Sorensen’s children. Really?!?! ? This is my friend and I’m angry that she was profiled. She is a wonderful mother and grandmother and does not need anyone’s children !!! #prosecutekatie for being a racist targeting any couple based on their appearance – Tigeresa (aka Angie) (@friscosgirl) December 24, 2020 Sorensen did not respond to a request for an interview. His attorney, Charles Dresow, told the Daily Beast he would not be able to comment in detail before Sorensen’s arraignment. A source close to Sorensen told the Daily Beast that the Petaluma Police Department had sent the case to the district attorney’s office after completing their investigation. The maximum sentence for each of the two counts is six months in jail, but the source said it is rare for an accused to be given so much time in such a case, unless there is “very specific circumstances”. one of those situations that ends up being legally fascinating because the political desire to prosecute something as a crime might go beyond what’s in the penal code, ”the source said. “Obviously, there are some interesting things at a high level, with the social context of it, but there is also a fascinating legal backdrop to anything worth following in a number of ways.” The false report allegedly filed by Sorensen mimics the others. in a long series of false allegations made by whites against people of color. Last year, a white New York woman falsely accused a black bird watcher of threatening her and her dog. When evidence emerged that she had made it all up, woman Amy Cooper was fired from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton. 2017 study found black people convicted of murder about 50% more likely to be innocent. In the aftermath of the kidnapping allegation, Sadie Martinez launched a #ProsecuteKatie movement on social media and was appointed to Petaluma’s Police and Race Relations Advisory Committee, with Sorensen due for arraignment on May 13. For more, visit The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.