update: Milwaukee police say child enticement story near 17th and Burnham was made up

On Wednesday, CBS 58 News reported as police instructed that they were investigating a case of possible child enticement.

There's a reason for that.

On Thursday, police said their investigation confirmed that the story was made up.

Here is the police follow up statement from February 19th, 2015:

\"The 10-year-old girl who reported she was inappropriately approached by a man near 17th and Burnham on February 17 now tells investigators that she fabricated the story to account for time she spent at a friend's house. Milwaukee Police continue to investigate the February 13 sexual assault of a 17-year-old female in the 2000 block of S. 14th Street.\"

Here is the original report from February 18th, 2015:

Milwaukee police are investigating a report of a man inappropriately approaching a young girl, the second possible child enticement case reported in the city in less than a week.

Investigators say a man tried to inappropriately engage in conversation or possibly tried to entice a 10-year-old girl on February 17 around 3 p.m. as she walked near 17th and Burnham. The suspect eventually ran away. The suspect is described as a black male, about 30 years-old, about 6-feet-tall, about 180 pounds with a thin build.  He was wearing a black knit hat with a red Wisconsin “W” logo, a light green zip-up jacket, black pants, and black shoes. The suspect also had a diamond earring in his left ear.  

This report comes just days after similar incidents in the city. Police say a 17-year-old girl was physically and sexually assaulted near 14th and Rogers around 6:45 p.m. on February 13. The man was armed with a utility knife and also hit the victim several times before a witness responded to her calls for help. That suspect is described as a black male, 6-feet-tall, 160 pounds with short hair, wearing a black vest, grey sweater, and black jeans. 

About an hour later, a 13-year-old boy was grabbed by a man who propositioned a sex act near 53rd and Burleigh. The suspect in that case is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20's with a slim build, wearing a tan hat, black pea coat and black jeans. 

Milwaukee police do not believe the February 13 incidents are connected to one another. 

Anyone with information on any of these incidents should call the Milwaukee Police Sensitive Crimes Unit at (414) 935-7405.

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