A wannabe momfluencer in California who went viral after claiming that a Latino couple tried to snatch her children has been accused of giving police false information, it has been revealed.
Katie Sorensen is now facing two crimes after claiming that Eduardo and Sadie Martinez had attempted to kidnap her two children, the Argus courier disclosed.
In her first videos, Sorenson sat in her car telling the allegations about Sadie and Eddie saying, ‘My kids were the target of a kidnapping attempt, which is so weird to even speak out, but it happened and I want to share that story with you ‘.
She later filed a complaint with the police.
The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has now accused her of giving false information to one police officer and another of providing false information to a police officer – each of whom carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
Erika Margarita Mitchell, a family member of the couple, posted on Facebook, praising prosecutors for impeaching Sorensen on the case that has been largely criticized as an example of racial profiling.
California mother of three Katie Sorensen (pictured) has been charged with a video claiming a Latino couple attempted to kidnap her children.
Katie Sorensen shot the videos from her car. She claimed her children were ‘the target of an attempted kidnapping’
Sadie and Eddie Martinez (pictured on CCTV footage released by police), with five children between them and two grandchildren, have been cleared of any wrongdoing
Good news for all of us, but especially for my cousin, Sadie Vega-Martinez and her husband Eddie. They were falsely accused by this ‘influencer’ of kidnapping her children at a local Michaels store, ” Mitchell wrote.
‘A big allegation! She clearly didn’t know who she was messing with in my cousin. Fine, I’m so glad you persisted! ‘
Mitchell added, “There absolutely must be consequences for attention-seeking ‘influencers’ who create drama for likes and views on social media.
“Suing Katie and now convicting Katie. Can you imagine this happening to you? It totally could. And it is unreal. ‘
The Martinez family, who have five children of their own, told the Argus-Courier that they were “very happy with the news.”
‘It is a great step towards justice. It gives you hope, ”Sadie Martinez said to the outlet.
Martinez has also been appointed by Mayor Teresa Barrett to the Petaluma-led advisory committee on policing and race relations.
She recently unveiled a local version of the CAREN law in San Francisco – which made racially motivated 911 calls a crime, the Argus-Courier reported.
The saga began when Sorensen posted two videos on December 13 in which she extensively claimed she had avoided the so-called kidnapping attempt – which was viewed more than 4.5 million times on her defunct Instagram @motherhoodessentials.
Sorensen, a mother of three, drove to the police station to report the couple’s actions and press charges before uploading the videos, earning her more than 80,000 followers.
The influencer has it back to criticism. She is pictured here with one of her sons
In her first videos, Sorenson sat in her car telling the claims about Sadie and Eddie Martinez.
She said, ‘My kids were the target of a kidnapping attempt, which is so weird to even pronounce, but it happened and I want to share that story with you guys in an effort to raise awareness of what signals they should and to encourage parents to be more aware of their environment and what is happening around them.
‘I think we’re so distracted now by everything that’s going on in the world that we’re so wary of masks and we want to keep kids so safe that we forget the main way to keep them safe and that’s with U.S. ‘
According to the police statement, Sorenson said she noticed the suspicious behavior of a man and a woman as they followed her and her children around the store and commented on their appearance.
She told police that they followed her to her car and stopped by the pram while putting her children back in the car.
Police said Sorenson had not wanted to arrest anyone when she filed a report, but wanted to “ draw attention to the couple’s behavior in question. ”
In an interview with KTVU However, after she posted the videos, Sorenson made further claims about Sadie and Eddie Martinez.
“I heard them talk about the characteristics of my children, but I was completely paralyzed with fear, I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything,” she said.
The alleged incident took place in this Michael’s parking lot in Petaluma
Erika Margarita Mitchell, a family member of the couple, posted on Facebook, praising prosecutors for suing Sorensen for the case
She claimed she saw the man looking at her in the parking lot before entering and that the couple stood behind her at the till but then followed her out without buying anything.
She noted that when she got to her car, a white van was parked next to her, which she thought was odd given the distance from the store.
Sorenson also claimed that the couple took two steps forward and then back two steps as she watched her load her kids into the car.
‘Very clumsy. There is no other explanation why they would do that, other than that they were building up the courage, ”she claimed.
Sorenson told the station that the man reached out and took the stroller, but at that moment another man walked by and she started screaming for help.
She claimed the couple had fled the scene in a car, but a third man quickly emerged from the white van. She said he pretended to be trying to help her before he fled himself.
“I saw these people, they didn’t necessarily look tight,” Sorenson told KTVU.
“I felt uncomfortable with them, and instead of making them uncomfortable with my discomfort, I chose to stay in my discomfort.”
Sorenson told Buzzfeed that she felt very overwhelmed by the response to the videos.
She said she wanted those who sent her negative comments to notice that she was “ facing a traumatic experience, it is impossible to function at full power. ”
After the couple came forward, Petaluma police cleared Sadie and Eddie Martinez of each wrongdoing and started investigating the momfluencer.
Sadie said she recognized the photo of herself and her husband Eddie when the police released a photo camera on them.
Speaking at a press conference, she said, “I couldn’t believe it. It’s like we’re literally guilty of being tanned while shopping. ‘
And her daughter Esaia told it BuzzFeed News: “This is by no means the first racist injustice to have occurred in Petaluma, but we are absolutely grateful that the truth was rightly pursued in this case.”