The Goose Creek Police Department says a 19-year-old woman is behind bars after she made up a story that her 11-month-old boy was pistol-whipped during a robbery earlier this week.
Karsen Ruffin has been arrested and charged with felony filing of a false police report.
Authorities say an investigation into an armed robbery that happened on Monday at the Dollar General store on 205 N. Goose Creek Blvd. revealed that no gun was involved and Ruffin's son was not pistol-whipped.
According to an incident report, the robbery happened in the parking lot of the Dollar General located at 205 North Goose Creek Boulevard around 8 p.m.
An affidavit states that Ruffin told investigators that she and a friend of hers had been the victim of an armed robbery by someone she knew. According to Ruffin, the suspect had taken an Apple iPad, which she was attempting to sell, from her and struck her child in the head twice with a handgun.
Investigators say that Ruffin and her friend had inconsistencies in their stories.
A police report states that the friend said the person who took the iPad did not take out a firearm, never struck the child, and that Ruffin had purposely lied in order to get a quicker response by police.
According to an affidavit, Ruffin confessed on Wednesday that she lied about her child being struck and that the suspect never had a firearm. Ruffin said the incident was a simple theft of her iPad which she had stolen from a client while she was working as an escort.
Officials with the sheriff's office say the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:30:06 GMT
Gruesome and disturbing new details were revealed Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing 5-year-old Janaya ThompsonMore >>
Gruesome and disturbing new details were revealed Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing 5-year-old Janaya Thompson. The Gulfport girl was sexually assaulted and strangled in July. Alberto Julio Garcia is charged with capital murder in the case. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:15:59 GMT
A power outage has shut down a portion of downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi says that crews are on site working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Entergy's website shows that overMore >>
Entergy's website showed that over 400 people were without power in the downtown area on Friday.
Friday, August 29 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:48:04 GMT
The Canton Public School District says that it is working diligently to contain the spread of scabies at several of its schools. The school district says they have informed parents that their childrenMore >>
The school district says they have informed parents that their children may have recently been exposed.
Friday, August 29 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:50:26 GMT
Special Judge Hollis McGehee has decided to dismiss an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel..More >>
Special Judge Hollis McGehee has decided to dismiss an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel. The judge announced his decision Friday in Gulfport, but that may not be the end to the legal battle between the two candidates.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201