Mom Influencer Accused of Lying about Her Children Being Kidnapped
An Instagram influencer’s story that her children were almost kidnapped is now unraveling as the case is investigated by the police. She's since been charged with falsifying information.
On December 7, 2020, Instagram influencer Katie Sorensen went to the police to report that a woman and man had followed her into a store. The two alleged suspects then followed her around Michael’s craft store.
According to a report from the Petaluma Police Department, the suspects also commented about Sorensen’s two children’s appearances as the influencer shopped. The pair even followed her to her car.
The police department also noted how Sorensen said the suspects “loitered suspiciously” before leaving when someone nearby noticed them. A week after her police report, the influencer took to Instagram with her story.
A week later, she told her followers that she’d foiled a kidnapping on her children. She posted two videos about the alleged incident and gained more than four million views, said a local news publication, “Petaluma 360."
'Momfluencer' Katie Sorensen faces six months in jail after going viral with FAKE tale of Latino couple 'trying to snatch her kids' https://t.co/B7p5yUmLIo— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 2, 2021
Some people who saw the clips went to report the information to the police. That’s when authorities discovered that Sorensen had given her followers a different version of the incident.
Sorensen has since deleted her Instagram account called MotherhoodEssentials along with the videos. No one else has corroborated her claims of an attempted kidnapping plot against her children.
UPDATE: Katie Sorensen charged by @CountyofSonoma DA @jillrav w/2 misdemeanor counts of making false report of a crime after investigation concluded she made up story about a couple trying to kidnap her kids at @MichaelsStores, per @petaluma_police pic.twitter.com/C3ztWNrKVj— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) April 29, 2021
She even left out some key information to the police on the day of her report. The police department noted how one of the new claims was that the male suspect actually approached her child’s stroller and tried taking it.
Katie Sorensen was said to have given false information to a police officer and to a police dispatcher.
“Do you really think it’s OK to go online & be racist & make stories about a family?” Sadie Martinez, mom of 5, speaks out after @petaluma_police confirm she & her husband did not try to kidnap Katie Sorensen’s kids outside @MichaelsStores, as she had alleged in viral videos pic.twitter.com/xXfvG7LXbU— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 19, 2020
The new information was what led the police to investigate further “due to its potentially serious nature and concern for community safety.” The police reviewed the store's security video.
The alleged suspects, Sadie Vega-Martinez and her husband Eddie Martinez, admitted shopping at Michael’s but denied attempting to kidnap Sorensen’s children. They’ve since appeared in various local news.
Katie Sorensen says strangers tried to kidnap her kids outside the Petaluma @MichaelsStores after following them around inside. Her @instagram videos https://t.co/EJOakaAPfE have hit 2M views. @petaluma_police investigating. She & @PollyDad speak out pic.twitter.com/j4Qt7hYmue— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 15, 2020
The investigation was considered closed last December, but last Thursday, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office made a shocking announcement. It said they were filing charges against the aspiring influencer.
She was said to have given false information to a police officer and a police dispatcher. Sorensen is now facing two charges of a misdemeanor for accused the Latino couple of attempting to kidnap her children.