A woman found on a Pleasant Grove roadside Tuesday with a Walmart bag over her head has been criminally charged after authorities found she made up the ordeal.
Pleasant Grove police today charged 19-year-old Kayla B. Earl with False Reporting to Law Enforcement. The crime is a misdemeanor.
Investigators said Earl, of Hueytown, was trying to lure back her estranged boyfriend with sympathy when she told lawmen she was attacked in a Pleasant Grove cemetery. A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted the woman about 5 a.m. in the dirt just off the road near Five Acre Road. She appeared unconscious.
Rescue workers took her to UAB Hospital where she was checked out and released. She told detectives she was visiting a friend’s gravesite at the cemetery when a man came up from behind her and put a bag over her head. Her vehicle was found parked in the cemetery.
The woman said she struggled with the man, and was able to break free. She then ran to the roadway, where she said she passed out.
Detectives from both Pleasant Grove and Hueytown spent much of the day trying to track down the real story, including cell phone records and review of surveillance video from nearby. During a second interview with detectives, Earl broke down and admitted the hoax.
“She even said she put the bag on her head to make it look like someone tried to suffocate her,” said Pleasant Grove Detective Jason Davis. “She is going through some personal problems. Between that and wanting attention, it turns out none of this happened.”
Earl surrendered to police this afternoon. Her bond is set at $500.