An influencer mom has been charged by police after she accused an innocent Latino couple of attempting to kidnap her children...
And her cruel and judgmental behavior has, quite predictably, triggered a lot of anger online.
I hope this couple sues Katie Sorensen and sues her good. Narcissism doesn’t pay.— Allison (@Skooger21) May 2, 2021
Katie Sorensen smells of a QAmom... how many women have made these ridiculous claims, and their stories been shared by other suburban mothers as an Urban Legend to scare these white soccer moms of other ethnicities in their neighborhood? It’s disgusting and must be stopped.— WhineCooler (@yourWhineCooler) May 3, 2021
Well, once she's in jail, she'll know what it's like to have her children taken away.— Mamadou ???? ???? (@akeem525) May 2, 2021
Stand up for justice and against racism at all cause,#momfluencer #katiesorensen #fake #falseaccusation #justiceforeduardoandsadie #injustice #justice #prosecutekatie
what about the charges of attempted murder?— Effthis Shite (@EffthisShite) May 2, 2021
Throwing around unbased accusations like that gets people killed - and I know she knows that
GTFOH Katie Sorensen
This woman is such a disgusting POS!!!! She should be banned from all social media for life after what she did and what she put an innocent family through!! All in the name of greed and gaining more subscribers!! ?? She’s disgusting!!! #katiesorensen https://t.co/nFtzu2OTiy— Julianne (@HokieJuju) May 2, 2021
#Katiesorensen should get the max sentence of a full year in prison. She tried to ruin a families life for no reason other than to go viral. Make this privileged Bh see what jail is really like... and take away her children. She's obviously not fit to be a parent.— Paulie B (@PBdynasty) May 1, 2021
???? The accusations were violent, Karen's "white words" could have sidetracked this innocent Latino couple financially, and possibly their freedom for years.— frances gates (@francesgates54) May 1, 2021
But since "America is not a racist country," I guess she's just a misunderstood, America-loving, non-racist patriot. ?? pic.twitter.com/G8B7eqrn6N— Edna K. - Vaccine Nanotracker Support (@EdnaK_) May 2, 2021
We don't need her influencing anyone, have enough of a racism problem without her influence.— Mike C (@MikeC22453774) May 1, 2021
Wth?! She did that whole interview with an entirely made up story. My gawd. That family she tried to harm - forcing them to deal with the police etc .. better sue her.— President Kamala’s Hand (STILL) (@DearDean22) May 2, 2021
?Now, this shocking story first went viral back in December?2020.
Parenting influencer Katie Sorensen took to social media to explain how her 2 small children had very nearly been the victims of an "attempted kidnap" at her local Michaels in Northern California.
"My children were the targets of attempted kidnap," she explained in a video viewed by her 80,000 followers, "I want to share that story with you in an effort to raise awareness as to what signs to look for and to just encourage parents to be more aware of their surroundings."
She claimed a Latino couple had followed her around the store and made comments about her children...
And she even insisted that the man had lunged at her double stroller that she used to carry her sons around in.
The mom went to the police to report the couple on December 7th.
UPDATE: This man and woman are the ones who Katie Sorensen says followed her around, made comments about her children & tried to kidnap them outside @MichaelsStores in Petaluma. @petaluma_police investigating pic.twitter.com/lsY3sWIXnu— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 15, 2020
According to a news release from the Petaluma Police Department, "she said they followed her out to her car, loitered suspiciously, and then left when noticed by another individual nearby.
But the police noticed in her videos, she gave a different version of what happened...
Including significant information that was not shared with the Petaluma Police Department on December 7th or before her video was posted to social media.
"The new information included an assertion that the male who had followed her around the store and out to the car had approached the stroller and tried to grab it," the department said, "This new information, if true, could constitute an attempted child abduction, so accordingly, the Petaluma Police Department began an investigation into the matter due to its potentially serious nature and concern for community safety."
Petaluma Police reviewed the store's security video and interviewed the Latino couple, who "acknowledged they had shopped at Michaels and were the couple shown in the photograph."
UPDATE: @petaluma_police have interviewed the couple accused by a woman of trying to kidnap her kids outside @MichaelsStores. They denied the allegations, and “evidence gathered has served to support the account provided by the couple from the store,” cops say, closing the case pic.twitter.com/J5N4vpMOup— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 18, 2020
Sadie Vega-Martinez and Eddie Martinez did, however, strongly deny the allegations that were made against them.
Mrs. Vega-Martinez said to CBS News that when the police first inquired about the alleged kidnapping attempt, she and her husband found it funny - "Because we have 5 children of our own, the thought of being accused of something so ridiculous was comical."
But when the reality of the accusation set in, the couple was "heartbroken" and "angry."
However, they were not worried that they would be found guilty.
"I felt that nothing had happened that day, and there'd be enough digital documentation or proof to justify everything that we said," Mrs. Vega-Martinez explained.
After a thorough investigation, Petaluma police said they found absolutely no evidence of a crime and instead found evidence that supported the couple's version of events.
While the investigation was considered closed in December, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office announced last week that it will be filing charges against Sorensen for giving false information to a police officer and giving false information to a police dispatcher.
In an email to CBS News, the District Attorney's Office confirmed Sorensen's charges and said she is due in court on May 13th...
And now, Mrs. Vega-Martinez is looking for further justice.
"I'm happy that she's charged, but I of course would have been happier if it had been attached to a hate crime," she said, "But that just gives me the strength and the gung-ho to bring the CAREN Act to Petaluma."
The CAREN Act, or Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, was introduced in San Francisco in July 2020.
The "CAREN Act" (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) would make it illegal to make discriminatory, racially biased 911 calls in San Francisco https://t.co/QFBZMzFF5i— CNN (@CNN) October 24, 2020
It came after the name "Karen" has become a popular term to describe white women who engage in racist behavior.
Mrs. Vega-Martinez said Sorensen likely falsely accused the couple because "she stepped outside of her bubble and she saw 2 people who didn't look like maybe the normal people that she interacts with."
“Do you really think it’s OK to go online & be racist & make stories about a family?” Sadie Martinez, mom of 5, speaks out after @petaluma_police confirm she & her husband did not try to kidnap Katie Sorensen’s kids outside @MichaelsStores, as she had alleged in viral videos pic.twitter.com/xXfvG7LXbU— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 19, 2020
"We just happen to be of a different skin tone and our dress attire is maybe not what she was accustom to. You combine that with somebody who wants instant fame and glorification... and you end up in this scenario."
She then said had the CAREN Act already been in play, Sorensen would've likely been charged with a hate crime...
Katie Sorensen says strangers tried to kidnap her kids outside the Petaluma @MichaelsStores after following them around inside. Her @instagram video (partial here) has hit 2M views. @petaluma_police investigating. She & @PollyDad speak out to @KTVU 5:15, 6:15, 7:30 p.m. pic.twitter.com/cG0wnm2JgQ— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 15, 2020
And she hopes "other people will learn from Sorensen's mistake."
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.