Iowa woman accused of faking abduction, pregnancy


January 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 46-year-old Council Bluffs woman has been accused of faking an abduction, and relatives and friends have learned the woman’s pregnancy was just a nine-month ruse. Authorities say Janice Winfield has been charged with misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice, malicious prosecution and making a false report of an indictable crime. She’s pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to begin trial Feb. 21st.  Authorities say that in July, Winfield left false evidence of an abduction at her home and sent false texts to relatives that said she’d been hurt, was going into labor and needed help. The relatives contacted police, who began investigating. Within hours Winfield was pulled over for speeding in Kearney, Neb., 170 miles west of her home. She was unhurt, not kidnapped and not pregnant.