She said she and her daughter, who is autistic and suffers from epilepsy, were upstairs Wednesday evening when men barged into the family’s home on Seabass Road, in a subdivision off River Road.
“I heard a crash, and then I heard a boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” Davis told Channel 2 Action News. “It was the intruders coming up the stairs.”
She said her daughter, who can’t speak, “was of course scared and crying.”
At least one of the intruders had a gun, and another had a large knife, Davis said. They forced her and her daughter into a closet.
One of the thieves kicked her daughter in the side, then “picked her up by her hair and held a gun to her right temple and told me to give them everything I have or he would kill her,” Davis said. “It was real scary for everybody.”
The thieves ransacked the daughter’s bedroom, stealing clothes, medication that 6-year-old Jade takes to control seizures and specialized medical equipment she uses to help her communicate, Davis said.
They also took all the family’s Christmas presents.
“They just stole Christmas from us,” Davis told Channel 2. “It’s sad.”
But why lie?
“We really don’t have any definite motivation as to why she made up the story,” Fore said.
After the story was published Thursday morning on ajc.com, readers asked how they could help the woman who claimed that bandits “stole Christmas” from her family.
Fore said DeKalb police received similar inquiries from people wanting to help.
“The outcry of support from the community has been overwhelming,” he said. “This really, I would think, would hurt the good will of other people when they see stories like this.”
Davis is being held at the DeKalb police headquarters. Officials are trying to determine if there are family members who can take care of Davis’ daughter, Fore said.
“That’s really the reason she hasn’t been charged, yet,” he said.
The DeKalb hoax comes just days after Fulton County mom Cyndie Cuffie was arrested and accused of lying to police about her daughter being missing. Charged with one felony count of making a false statement to police, Cuffie was granted bond Thursday.