Bakersfield, Calif (AP) The reported kidnapping of a nine-year-old California boy that triggered a two-state amber alert yesterday was an apparent hoax.
Police say Zane Newton died in an accidental dirt collapse in a field near his Bakersfield home and another boy made up the kidnapping story. Newton's body was found buried beneath the dirt hours after the reported abduction. Police say it appears he fell into a hole and it collapsed around him.
The boy who made the kidnapping claim told police that a masked man had pulled up in a black car and opened fire on them. He said Zane might have been hit by gunshots before the man took him away.
Officers searched the neighborhood, knocking on doors, and learned the boy had been playing in the lot. They went there and found the body.