A horrific story went viral of a 60-year-old white man reportedly urinating on a 5-year-old black child in an alley in western Michigan. Now prosecutors are saying the story is a lie made up by the children.
ABC News reports Kent County Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charges after authorities determined the children made up the story “to avoid trouble.” Reportedly, one child urinated on another child and they both concocted the story that it was an unidentified man
The unidentified man was a 60-year-old. He was arrested at his home and faced charges after parents of the young girl, who was not identified by name, called the police about 20 minutes after they were told the incident took place. In addition, another 5-year-old and two 7-year-old children claimed they saw the incident, according to police. The children also said a racial slur was used.
No word on if the man who was wrongfully arrested will press charges and who he would press charges against, considering the accusations were made by children.
On social media, any people were outraged about the story and thought the incident was a hate crime. As NewsOne reported, hate crimes have been on the rise in Michigan, with the state having the fourth-highest number of reports among all U.S. states for 2016, according to an FBI report released last November, the Detroit Free Press reported. Reported hate crimes spiked 29.1 percent from 309 to 399 that year, officials said.