ANDERSON — Authorities say a man called in a fake kidnapping report about his wife and child that led Anderson County deputies to issue a statewide alert.

Police say the 44-year-old man called them Tuesday night and said a man named Jim stole a car with his 24-year-old wife and 3-year-old son inside at an Anderson restaurant. Sheriff’s deputies then issued an Amber Alert.

But investigators found the woman safe at a man’s home in Hart County, Ga., around 2 a.m. Wednesday, and she said she brought the child there on her own.

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