HOUSTON -- Detectives said it was a tip from a psychic that led them to a home in Liberty County searching for a mass grave that did not exist, and now the woman who phoned in the information is telling her side of the story.
“I was calling to have a welfare check on three live children,” said the 48-year-old woman, who only wanted to be identified by her nickname Angel. “Everything pretty much got blown out of proportion.”
Liberty County Sheriff’s deputies, the FBI, DPS officers and the media converged on the town of Hardin looking for signs of a mass grave. The information spread around the world, but Angel claims she said nothing about dozens of bodies. Meanwhile, authorities say the tipster could face charges for filing a false report.
“I didn’t file a false report. If they make it to be false that’s up to them, you know. All I can do is pray that everyone involved, you know, I did what I was told to do. I followed what Jesus and the angels told me to do. It’s up to them from there,” she said.
The Texas woman said she’s worked with law enforcement in the past and said she was just doing what she thought was right.
“They up front asked me how I got the information, and I am a reverend. I am a prophet and I get my information from Jesus and the angels, and I told them that I had 32 angels with me and they were giving me the information and then it went from there,” she said.
While a search at the home turned up nothing, Angel said she still believes there are children in trouble, but for now she says she’s staying out of it.
“I want to be left alone, I want to go back to my little life, my little quiet life, and I want this to stop,” she said.
Officials at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office maintain the investigation was by the book. In a previous interview with KHOU 11 News, a spokesperson called what they did a justifiable response to a pair of phone calls from a woman who claimed there was a mass grave with children.