Katie Sorensen is a California mom behind the Instagram account @MotherhoodEssentials who recently went viral for posting a very scary video. She claims that her children were almost kidnapped inside her local Michael's craft store.
She shared two Instagram videos that quickly went viral and put her on the spotlight this week. Sorensen said in her videos that she was uncomfortable sharing the incident but wanted to bring awareness to other parents online.
"I think right now we are so distracted by everything that is going on in the world that we kind of have our guards up about masks and wanting to keep our children safe that way that we are forgetting the most important way to keep them safe, and that is with us and to not have them taken," she said.
Since then, she made her two video private on social media, but some parts of it are still available online.
The mother reported the incident to the Petaluma Police Department who said in a statement that she was "followed inside the store" by a man and woman who had "made comments concerning the appearance of [her] children. The couple was said to have followed the woman to her car, where the couple lingered near the stroller as the woman placed her children in the vehicle."
Katie said to KTVU : “I saw these people, they didn't look necessarily clean-cut. I felt uncomfortable around them, and instead of making them uncomfortable with my discomfort, I chose to remain in my discomfort.”
After the story went viral online and watched over 2 million times, the Petaluma Police Department released more information on the case. It seems like they were unable to find the couple: "At the time this incident was initially reported, there was insufficient evidence to establish that a crime had occurred," police said.
They then found the video in a "social media post made by the reporting party in which she recounted and elaborated upon the aforementioned incident, but it appears that the mother "included information that had not been initially presented to the Petaluma Police Department".
The police department did however release a photo of the couple identified as the suspects. However, due to "inconsistencies between the two accounts of the incident need to be resolved before criminal charges can be considered" police said.
Katie told BuzzFeed that:
"As with any ongoing investigation, there are pieces of information that are not shared in a post. And as with anything on social media, words will be used out of context, criticized, and questioned," she said. "I do not wish to jeopardize the work of the local police department, nor do I wish to further any conversations that are fueled by negativity and judgement."
What a story! We are just happy everybody is safe and advice everyone to keep an eye on their children while holiday shopping!