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Police: 5-Year Old Fabricated Story About Man Offering Candy

An April 23 report describing attempted child luring put some parents on edge.

Manalapan Police Dept.
Manalapan Police Dept.

Manalapan Police report that an April 23 investigation into a possible case of attempted luring of a 5-year old by an old man with candy has wrapped up. 

The young boy fabricated the entire story, police say. 

On Wednesday, Manalapan Police responded to a report of an attempted luring of a child on Symmes Drive around 6:16 p.m. 

They heard a story that an old man with bald or white hair, described as similar in age to a grandfather, was walking by when he stopped to offer candy to a five year-old boy in the front yard. The child then ran inside and alerted his parents. 

Ptl. Richard Gallo handled the initial investigation.

But a follow-up investigation revealed that the young boy had fabricated the entire story, police say. 

A Manalapan Police Facebook post entitled "Important: Attempted Child Luring" was shared 318 times and drew comments by frightened parents about "stranger danger."

But at least two people expressed doubt about the story of the candy-proffering old man. 

"This sounds too cliche to be true," said Facebook user Benjamin Ross. 

Matthew Needelman April 29, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Knew it wasn't true as soon as I read it
Jackie Callan April 29, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Yeah, and I got banned from the Monmouth County Police, Fire and EMS page for saying that it was made up.
Donna Savory April 29, 2014 at 08:46 PM
There was no stranger danger --- that kid needs to have his iPhone taken away. The nerve of lying like a five year old.
Jackie Callan April 30, 2014 at 02:39 AM
@NJ-EON1, I don't know who Jessica is. Please stop with the libelous comments. I did not make ANY racist or discriminatory comments on that page. It is harassment hidden behind an anonymous name. Online harassment is wrong when kids do it and it's wrong when supposed adults do it. I do not appreciate you calling me a racist in multiple places online.

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