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NASHVILLE, TN (KTVI) - An AMBER Alert was called off Thursday evening after investigators discovered the 23-year-old at the center of the case made up a story about being kidnapped with her one-year-old son.

According to Sgt. Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the woman and her child were found at a Nashville-area gas station with the two men who had reportedly "kidnapped" them. These two men were eventually identified as family friends.

The woman’s cousin contacted St. Louis County police Thursday afternoon, saying she received a text message from "Diana" around noon, claiming two Hispanic men were circling the area near the home in the 1000 block of Cloverdale Drive.

A short time later, the cousin received another text message from Diana’s phone. It said she and her son were safe, but they would not be released until certain demands were met. It was never made clear just what those demands were.

Schellman said police were told the boy and his mother lived with her boyfriend in Texas as of last month. However, a domestic situation caused the two to move in with a cousin in St. Louis.

Detectives with the Nashville Police Department questioned the three adults in the car and determined Diana left of her own free will and that she sent the text messages to her cousin so she could leave St. Louis without family intervention.

The woman is not likely to be charged, Schellman said. The abduction will be classified as "unfounded."