Abduction hoax mom wins early 2010 release

December 16, 2009 12:14:25 PM PST
A white Pennsylvania woman who falsely claimed she and her 9-year-old daughter were abducted by two black men, only to be found later at Disney World, could be freed from prison in two months. A judge on Wednesday agreed to release Bonnie Sweeten, of Feasterville, on house arrest after she serves about six months of her nine- to 24-month prison term.

The 38-year-old Sweeten has been in prison since her August guilty plea to identity theft and making false reports.

The judge once called her calculating and manipulative. But Sweeten says she has changed in prison.

Bucks County District Attorney Michelle Henry believes Sweeten remains a flight risk.

Federal authorities also are investigating allegations Sweeten stole money from relatives and her employer.