Father lied about son's kidnapping

A Chicago man reported his car stolen Monday night, and told police that his 2-year-old son was inside. The police later learned he lied about the abduction, and placed the man into custody. Our armchair theory is that the guy thought the cops would make a better effort to find his car if an endangered child was involved…

The boy’s father told police he had left his 1986 four-door Buick Century running about 9:30 p.m. at the station in the 8700 block of South Cottage Avenue when someone jumped into the vehicle and sped off west on East 87th Street. But police early this morning said although the car was stolen, the toddler was never inside it.

The 24-year-old father is now in custody and likely will be charged with filing a false police report, police said. Meanwhile, the person who stole the vehicle remained at large.

About midnight, the toddler was found safe and unharmed in a residence in the 8800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, said Officer Amina Greer.