Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a pregnant attorney in Toledo has admitted under police questioning that she fabricated a story that she was abducted last week outside a juvenile court building in Toledo and dropped off three days later near Atlanta.
Hancock was found Saturday behind the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park. She is a former city councilwoman and the daughter of a Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell.
She originally claimed that she was kidnapped at gunpoint by two men and a woman because they wanted to punish her.
She is now expected to be charged with making false statements to police. I expect that she will also be subject to bar action, including possible disbarment. For an attorney to concoct such a story is bizarre. Her car was found nearby and lacked any evidence to support a kidnapping allegation. It is doubly tragic that she will now be in the criminal justice system during the pendency of her pregnancy. The bar does have an array of options short of discipline, but given the national search conducted for her — it is likely to be severe. Likewise, any sentencing is likely to be enhanced due to Hancock’s status as an attorney and thus an officer of the court.
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