SEFFNER — Victoria Jene Wilcox warned that her ex-husband was abusing their children. She called the abuse hotline five times, deputies say.
But her claims weren't true, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Child protection investigators determined that Wilcox's calls, made over seven months, were unfounded, said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon.
Neither Wilcox's ex-husband nor his new wife had abused the former couple's minor children, McKinnon said. The investigators told her to stop making false child-abuse allegations.
"There was no indication of abuse, no signs of abuse," McKinnon said.
Still, in February, Victoria Wilcox called the abuse hotline again and made more allegations. She coached her children to substantiate her claims, McKinnon said.
Wilcox of Seffner was arrested March 28 and charged with filing a false child abuse report, a third-degree felony.
She released later that day on $2,000 bail.
Information about her arrest was briefly withheld from public record because the Florida Department of Children and Families had to close the report, McKinnon said.
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