IL Amber Alert canceled, authorities say man fabricated story

Alert for missing child found to be false

FARMINGTON, IL (KFVS) - An Amber Alert has been canceled for a one-year-old out of Farmington, Illinois after police say a man made up the story.

According to Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell, the whole story was fabricated and the child was never in danger.

Michael Dutz was charged with residential burglary, false police report, false representation of police statement, false 911 call and other charges are pending.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, a 911 call was received by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department reporting a stolen car with an infant in the backseat.

A Farmington Police Department officer arrived on scene and was informed by Mitchell Dutz that his vehicle was stolen by three suspects while he paid for gas.

The officer notified multiple agencies and an investigation began.

During the interview process, it was determined that Dutz had fabricated the entire story.

He was allegedly robbed during a drug deal and had used the infant as a way to pursue charges against the people who had robbed him.

Deputies say the infant was never taken nor was there any car stolen.

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