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Child duct-taped to a pole at Huntley water park turns out to be a hoax

Two juveniles recanted their story Tuesday afternoon

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HUNTLEY – Two juveniles who claimed that a pair of teenagers stole candy from them and duct taped one of them to fitness equipment at the Stingray Bay water park Monday afternoon have recanted their story, according to a news release from the Huntley Police Department.

Police had said that at about 1 p.m. the mother of two boys, ages 6 and 8, reported that while her sons played in the park two teen-aged boys who were riding bicycles approached them.

The teenagers then left and the 6-year-old boy sought help from a a park employee.

The employee cut the duct tape and released the boy. He then contacted the boys' mother, police said.

The father of the boys posted about the incident on a Facebook page. In the post he wrote of his anger at what his sons said occurred and said: "Talk to your kids about bullying."

However, police said at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, detectives re-interviewed the victims in an attempt to corroborate information obtained from witnesses and videos reviewed throughout the investigation, according to the updated release.

At that point, the juveniles recanted their story and said they were just playing a game.

Because of the juveniles' age, no criminal charges will be filed and any consequences will be handled by the parents, according to the release.

Police are investigating the incident and ask that anyone with information call Huntley Police Department 847-515-5311 or Huntley Police Tip Line which is anonymous at 847-515-5333.

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