Her daughter fabricated the story about being abducted. What happened, and how is the family healing?
Pregnant missing Mom Karyn McConnell Hancock was not only found safe wandering 600 miles from home, but admitted to police that she lied about being abducted. Her husband says she had a "meltdown," according to AP reports.
Mom•Logic spoke with Karyn's mother, Tempie McConnell, hours before her daughter confessed to making up the kidnapping story.
Mom•Logic: How has Karyn's ordeal affected your family?
Tempie: I am just so worn out and stretched. We have been bombarded, and I have been taking care of a 3-year-old child (Karyn’s son). Karyn is my youngest, and she’s 35 years old. It’s been 32 years since I’ve taken care of a 3-year-old child, and I am just spent. I have been caring for her son since she went missing. I am worn out. I have talked with so many people and right now, I just can’t think—I am just numb.
ML: What do you think happened to Karyn?
Tempie: There were millions of thoughts that ran through my mind about why and what’s happening with her, but I know there has been something recently in the news where people do those kinds of things [like kidnapping a pregnant woman to steal a baby], so I didn’t know. The baby wasn’t ready to be born, she’s only 6 months pregnant, so I don’t know if that would have been a viable reason, so I kind of dismissed that. But yeah, those kinds of thoughts run through your mind.
ML: What's next for Karyn?
Tempie: She’s home, she’s resting trying to recover from the shock of it all, and we’re just trying to keep her calm so the baby is all right.
We, as Moms, know how overwhelming motherhood and pregnancy can be and wish Karyn the best and hope she gets the help she needs.