According to Philly, an unidentified 9-year-old child who is a student at Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia lied to school administrators, telling them a man tried to abduct her on her way to school. Police were immediately called and when officers arrived, the child admitted that she made up the tale to “cover up” her tardiness.

Made-up story: The young girl retracted her fantastical claim once police arrived at Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia to investigate, authorities said

The girl, who has not been identified due to her age, retracted her story once police arrived at Lea Elementary School (pictured) in West Philadelphia to investigate her claim

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