The mother told officers that a stranger tried to grab the toddler from her arms Tuesday night.
In an interview with ABC7 News she said, "My daughters and I were playing outside and this guy was walking by and he started talking about how pretty my daughters were, and the nationality and all that. He knelt down to talk to my 3-year-old and he just picked her up by her ankles and started pulling her from me."
On Thursday afternoon, however, the victim's mother was re-interviewed by police. At that time, police say she admitted to making the whole story up.