Police: Middletown Woman Arrested After Faking Delaware City Kidnapping

Delaware City Police have arrested and charged a Middletown woman that police say falsely reported that she had been kidnapped, according to Chief David Baylor.

Baylor said Danette Hurtt, 40, is facing one count of providing a false statement to law enforcement with the intent to delay/hinder a felony investigation after she told a law enforcement officers that she was kidnapped from Delaware City.

Shortly after 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 9, 2019, Hurtt allegedly told her boyfriend that she had been kidnapped as she entered her vehicle, which was parked on Clinton Street (near Battery Park) in Delaware City, according to Baylor.

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Her boyfriend immediately reported the kidnapping to 911. A search began which involved the Delaware City Police, the New Castle County Police, and the Middletown Police Departments. Baylor said Hurtt was located about 90 minutes later behind the Appoquinimink High School on Bunker Hill Road. During the investigation, Hurtt gave a statement to a New Castle County Detective, assisting the Delaware City Police, that she was taken against her will in her vehicle after she left a Delaware City restaurant, added Baylor.

As the investigation unfolded, officers learned the statements made to law enforcement concerning the alleged kidnapping were false, Baylor said. This was after an investigation was well underway in which multiple police agencies were looking for suspects connected with this incident, according to Baylor.

Danette Hurtt was video arraigned before Judge Young at Magistrate Court #11 and released on her own recognize.

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