Woman accused of kidnapping 11-year-old says it was a misunderstanding

Woman accused of kidnapping 11-year-old says it was a misunderstanding; Neaisha Hardy (Courtesy of Tulsa County Jail)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A kidnapping suspect is telling her side of the story from behind bars. Neaisha Hardy, who is accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl, says it was a misunderstanding.

“I'm a mother, and I wouldn't never kidnap someone else’s kid," said Hardy.

Days after her arrest for kidnapping, Hardy says she’s the victim.

“I turned myself in, so I can get this cleared up," said Hardy.

She claims it was a setup.

“She knew; she knew where her baby was," said Hardy.

It all started Sunday night when Hardy and a friend stopped at Dollar General off North Peoria and the Gilcrease Expressway. She says she got into a fight with a store employee.

“I was basically raising my voice. I was kind of hoarse so she could hear me," said Hardy.

The argument moved outside, where police say she maced the employee.

Hardy and her friend headed home and that’s when she says her friend sold her out.

“She was trying to protect herself," said Hardy.

Police showed up at their apartment complex and she saw her friend talking to officers. They say that’s when Hardy grabbed her friend’s daughter and ran off, but she says that’s not what happened.

“I never held her against her will," said Hardy.

Hardy says she admits to doing what she’s accused of doing at Dollar General, but she says the kidnapping was a misunderstanding.

“I didn’t kidnap her, but we was together. We was together," said Hardy.

She says she and the 11-year-old girl were walking around the apartment complex.

The girl was found a little while later unharmed, and Hardy turned herself in the next day.

“It makes me, as a parent, look bad that I have to come here and leave my children for some stuff that’s not really accurate and not true," said Hardy.

Now, she’s telling her side of the story, hoping her friend clears things up.

Hardy was booked on kidnapping and assault and battery complaints.

She’s due to see a judge Monday.

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