After thousands of Central Illinois people were alerted by an Amber Alert for 13-month-old Bentley Dutz, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell, along with the Fulton County ESDA, have confirmed the entire story was fabricated.
Here’s what we know so far:
At 5:01 pm, on Saturday Dec 15, a 911 call was received by Fulton County Sheriff’s Department reporting a stolen car with an infant in the backseat.
A Farmington Police Officer arrived on scene shortly thereafter and was informed by Mitchell Dutz that his vehicle was stolen by three suspects while he paid for fuel.
Officer Steck notified Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police and Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.
A command post was set up at the Farmington Police Department and an investigation was launched.
During the interview process it was determined that Dutz had fabricated the entire story.
Fulton County ESDA said Dutz was allegedly robbed during a drug deal and had used the infant as a way to pursue charges against the alleged persons who robbed him.
At no time was an infant abducted or was there any car stolen.
The alleged subject, James Jackson named by Mitchell Dutz was not involved in any way.
Once that was confirmed an extensive investigation was conducted with multiple departments in order to confirm that no infant was at risk.
Dutz is being charged with Residential Burglary, False Police Report, False Representation of Police Statement, False 911 Call and various other charges are pending.
This story will be updated.