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Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch Santana Renee Adams is arraigned on criminal charges for falsely reporting an emergency incident on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Cabell County Courthouse in Huntington, W.Va. The charges stem from falsely reporting that an Egyptian man attempted to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia shopping mall Monday evening.

UPDATE: The case against a woman accused of falsely calling 911 to allege she had pulled a gun on a man who attempted to abduct her daughter inside the Huntington Mall in April was continued Monday in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Santana Renee Adams, 24, of Milton, is now scheduled to appear in court Sept. 26, 2019, on one misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an emergency. She faces a $500 fine and up to a six-month jail sentence.

The original story from the June 17 edition of The Herald-Dispatch appears below:

HUNTINGTON — A woman accused of falsely calling 911 to allege she had pulled a gun on a man who attempted to abduct her daughter inside the Huntington Mall in April is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Santana Renee Adams, 24, of Milton, is facing a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an emergency. Adams is scheduled for her first appearance since her arraignment in Cabell County Magistrate Court. She faces a $500 fine and up to a six-month jail sentence.

Adams was pushed into the spotlight April 1 after she told police she was shopping inside a clothing store at the mall when a man of Middle Eastern descent "attempted to grab her 5-year-old daughter by the hair and abduct her from the store." Adams said she then pulled a handgun from her pocket and pointed it at the man before he fled, a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court said.

Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, 54, of Alexandria, Egypt, was charged with felony attempted abduction by a person the same day, but the charge was dismissed days later after police and prosecutors reviewed the evidence and found Adams' follow-up statements to be inconsistent.

Police said security video shows a different version of events and several employees inside the store did not witness the alleged incident, the complaint said.

Zayan previously told reporters he never interacted with Adams or her daughter and wouldn't recognize them if he saw them. He also said she never pointed a gun at him. Zayan said he was at the mall shopping for clothes for his daughter when he was arrested.

He was working in West Virginia at the time as contracted engineer and returned to Egypt after the charges were dropped.

Adams is currently out of jail on a $20,000 bail.

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