Man accused of fabricating Amber Alert pleads not guilty

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The man accused of making a false Amber Alert made his first court appearance Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

Mason City resident Mitchell Dutz, 18, faces four felony charges related to making a false report with the Farmington Police Department on Dec. 15 regarding a child abduction. Charges include obstructing justice, motor vehicle burglary, telephone harassment and filing a false police report. 

Last week, bond was set at $5,000 for Dutz.

Dutz allegedly lied when he reported three black men stole his car with a 13-month-old baby inside in Farmington. The police received the call around 5 p.m., and an officer arrived on the scene shortly after. Authorities canceled the alert around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

A trial date of Feb. 19 was set Thursday by Fulton County Circuit Judge Thomas Ewing. He is also scheduled to appear in McLean County Circuit Court next month. 

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