Tracey Dawn Burns of Belfast, who was arrested Thursday, could be charged with wasting police time, The Sun reported. Her story -- after she was pulled from Belfast Lough late Wednesday afternoon -- that her baby was missing led to a massive air and sea search that involved several Coast Guard agencies.
Burns, 37, was on a Belfast-bound Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan, Scotland, when she fell or jumped from the boat as it neared the dock. At least one friend suggests Burns, a mother of six, may not have had a newborn baby at all.
"She said she had given birth to a wee boy called Mackenzie McCann on April 30," the friend said. "But the picture she posted of him on Facebook looked like a plastic baby."
Another friend said Burns reported she gave birth to the child in a Belfast hospital and was then airlifted to Liverpool because of complications.