Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden confirmed that official believe that he expects officials to file felony charges in the case. Alderden believes the hoax had been planned for at least two weeks in advance.
"It has been determined that this is a hoax, that it was a publicity stunt. We believe that we have evidence at this point to indicate that it was a publicity stunt done with the hopes of marketing themselves or better marketing themselves for a reality television show at some point in the future," explained Alderden.
The sheriff does not expect the three children to face charges and no jail time is anticipated for the parents.
This video is from CNN's Newsroom, broadcast Oct. 18, 2009.