The Hoover woman whose fake abduction scheme captured national attention over the summer was found guilty Wednesday in Municipal Court.
Carlee Russell's case could now go to the county because her attorneys are appealing the decision made by Municipal Judge Brad Bishop.
Russell pleaded not guilty to charges of false reporting to law enforcement authorities and falsely reporting an incident — both misdemeanors. However, Bishop found her guilty and recommended she serve a year in jail and pay restitution.
Russell called 911 on Thursday, July 13, and reported a toddler was walking alone along Interstate 459. She then disappeared for 49 hours before showing up at her home in Hoover.
Officials said the whole thing was a hoax.
Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis has called for a change in the law after the woman's disappearance caused mass panic across the state and the nation.
A movie about the case has already been produced and released.
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