Last night, Twitchy reported the story of a 20-year-old woman, Sharmeka Moffitt, being attacked and burned by three members of the KKK. While many Twitterers were quick to link the attack to Mitt Romney and the Tea Party, we expressed our condolences to Moffitt and her family and sent prayers for recovery. Now, as it turns out, the horrific act may have been perpetrated by the victim herself. The police investigation points to this being the case.

From The Franklin Sun:

After analyzing the evidence at the State Police Crime Lab, it was discovered Moffitt’s fingerprints were on the cigarette lighter and the lighter fluid recovered near the wooded area around the crime scene.

A racial slur and the letters, KKK, that were written in toothpaste on Moffitt’s vehicle were linked to female DNA, authorities said.

“All of the evidence is pointing back to the victim inflicting this upon herself,” Thomas said. “No evidence has shown any other person was involved.”

Moffitt has reportedly confessed to setting herself on fire. The police now consider the case to be closed.

As Michelle Malkin writes, this incident is just the latest in a series of hate crime hoaxes.

Longtime readers know it’s not an isolated phenomenon — and neither is the knee-jerk impulse to blame conservatives/the Tea Party/Fox News for numerous incidents that turned out to be completely manufactured.

As Twitchy pointed out, liberals rushed to blame the Sharmeka Moffitt case on Mitt Romney and the Tea Party.

Indeed. And despite the truth about Moffitt’s crime coming to light, some Twitterers are still running with the original story — and blaming Romney for what happened:

This woman knows that Moffitt’s wounds were self-inflicted yet can’t resist tying Romney to the KKK:

Others are defending Moffitt’s actions because they supposedly draw attention to America’s racist underbelly:

Most people, though, just feel duped and taken advantage of:

Moffitt’s family has issued a statement:

Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies.

We are sincerely sorry for any problems this may have caused and wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from friends, acquaintances, church organizations and government officials.

Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on Sharmeka and her recovery. We ask that you continue to pray for her and for our family, and that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.

That Moffitt was willing to mutilate herself in order to get attention clearly demonstrates that she is a very disturbed young woman.

And, as betrayed as we and others feel after being deceived by Moffitt’s cry for attention, we hope she gets the help she needs.