Vancouver: The parents of the Washington State woman who admitted she made up the story that acid was thrown into her face by an African-American woman apologized Friday, and told reporters they don’t understand why their daughter lied.
Joe and Nancy Neuwelt struggle with the thought their daughter inflicted her own wounds that sent her to the hospital and has left her disfigured.
“She’s obviously dealing with some deep internal, emotional and psychological problems that we had no knowledge of, and we hope that she’ll get the help that she needs,” said Nancy Neuwelt, mother of 28-year-old Bethany Storro. “She’s got a long road ahead of her, but she’s on the road, and we’re going to walk it with her.”
Joe and Nancy Neuwelt said they had no reason to disbelieve Storro’s story, as there were no signs of trouble leading up to the August 30 incident.
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Police would not speculate on Storro’s motives but said the incident did not occur as she had originally described. Due to discrepancies in her story police issued a search warrant and searched her home.
Police then re-interviewed Storro Thursday, when she admitted she had thrown the acid on herself.
“She is very remorseful. In many ways it got bigger than she expected,” police Cmdr. Marla Schuman said Thursday.
Police have spent hundreds of hours on the case and the community rallied to offer donations for Storro’s treatment. Joe Neuwelt said all money would be returned, and said he and his wife are “deeply sorry” that people were duped.
Storro was released from an Oregon hospital September 5 after undergoing surgery for her injuries.
Police have said there is a possibility Storro could be charged with a crime. Prosecutors will make that decision.
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