Tulsa woman wants her name cleared after kidnapping case


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/29/2013 10:21 pm Published: 9/29/2013 10:16 pm


A Tulsa woman's kidnapping case has been dismissed, and now she wants her name cleared.

FOX23 reported in August that Chantel Williams took a young girl from a birthday party.

Sunday, FOX23 talked exclusively with Williams.

While there were a few similarities, Williams' story is vastly different from what was written in the arrest report back in August.

She still feels she did the right thing that night, taking the girl back to her apartment.

Charges have been dropped, but not talk about the charges.

It was a birthday party that changed Chantel Williams' life.

"Screams that you hear from your best friend at her birthday party where she looks so beautiful," Williams said. "Screaming for help … that pretty much makes you beside yourself."

Both sides agree that at the end of the night, the birthday girl and her husband began fighting.

Williams says she felt it was bad enough to go to the bedroom and intervene.

What happened next, is controversial.

FOX23 tried to talk to the accusers Sunday, but they weren't home.

However, the arrest report says the husband "saw Chantel with a knife coming towards the bedroom while yelling at him."

Williams doesn't deny having what she said was a butter knife.

"They didn't see the knife," she said. "Of course I wasn't waving it around saying 'you better stop.' No, I wasn't doing anything like that."

She said she had it for protection.

Williams and her son were asked to leave, and while they were packing up, Williams says 13-year-old Kyla asked to go as well.

Kyla was on Williams' couch when deputies arrived.

"I had never been suited out in orange clothing and been back in a pod," Williams said.

She spent two weeks in jail for doing what she says she thought was right for the girl.

"It's really sad that my name gets slandered, but if I wouldn't have done anything I would have been the individual that allowed something to go on," she said.

In court, Williams' attorney used a phone recording where her friend stated Williams had done nothing wrong.

That and the fact that the accusing couple never showed up to court, allowed the case to be dropped.

Williams says she's considered filing a lawsuit against the couple to get back the money she put into the case.

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