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Police: Teen faked pregnancy

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Police said Wednesday afternoon that a 17-year-old girl faked her pregnancy.

The girl had told family members, friends and the supposed paternal grandmother that the baby had died during delivery.

"Rest in peace, baby," the girl wrote in texts.

The girl had disappeared and her family contacted police. When she was found on Sunday, she was not pregnant and did not initially cooperate with investigators.

Pleasant Hill police said the girl spoke to detectives on Wednesday and underwent both a medical examination and evaluation.

"During this interview, an investigating officer would learn from Ross that she had 'faked' the pregnancy for the last nine months," according to the news release from Pleasant Hill police. "After a review of that medical evaluation and examination, we are confident that there is no reason to continue an investigation."

Because the girl is a minor and is not being charged with a crime, KCTV5 is not using her name even though police released it in their news release. Police did not offer a motive for her lie.

Less than two hours before this news release was issued, Lisa Wills told KCTV5 that she still believed the girl had been pregnant despite a friend hearing from a Nevada police officer that she had faked the pregnancy.

Wills said the girl became pregnant by Wills' 18-year-old son, James "Jimmy" Hume. The couple had their fights and lived for a time with Wills and her family in El Dorado Springs, MO.

KCTV5 contacted Wills after receiving the police department's news release. Wills was in shock, and said she didn't know how she could have faked it.

"Wow. I don't know how she faked it. She was so big," Wills said.

She said she could not imagine why the girl faked a pregnancy.

"So much has happened in the 24 hours. We don't know what to do. I am devastated. You get somebody's hopes all up," she said. "The baby moved. We saw her stomach."

She said her son is devastated especially since he felt her belly during her pregnancy.

"My son was so happy when the baby kicked," Wills said. "He said, 'I don't believe it Mom. I felt the baby. How could she not have a baby in there when I felt this?' He was crying. He was heartbroken."

The teen's roommate, Kelsey Paige Herring, said the deception has left her in shock.

"Used and betrayed is how I feel. I'm astonished by how she portrayed it," she said.

Authorities talked to numerous people who were convinced the girl was pregnant.

Some of those who believed the fraud want answers. And they also say the girl should have to pay for the hours that law enforcement officials spent searching for her and her baby after an endangered child alert was issued at the behest of her family.

"I'd like to see them do more investigation on it instead of just saying there wasn't one," Wills said.

Wills had feared that her first grandbaby had been tossed into the trash. She said she is relieved to know that wasn't the case.

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