GRPD: Dispute spurred fake report, Amber Alert

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a woman accused of falsely reporting her infant missing, sparking an Amber Alert, was angry with her baby’s father.

Jennell Ross, 27, turned herself into authorities Wednesday and was arraigned on a felony charge of making a false report of a child abduction.

Grand Rapids police say Ross contacted them late Saturday evening, saying that a male named Terrell had stolen her vehicle from a gas station in the 4200 block of Kalamazoo Avenue SE with her 18-month-old daughter still inside.  

In an affidavit, police say Ross repeated her claim before detectives found the child with her father. Ross then admitted to lying, police said.  

Police say Ross said she lied because she had been arguing with her baby’s father and there was a no contact order between the two. 

Officers say at least a half-dozen agencies got involved in the case before a relative called to report they had the child, who was OK. The family member brought the infant to the Grand Rapids Police Department, which took custody of her.  

The baby is currently in custody of a “safe” family member, police say.

Ross is free on bond. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16.

If convicted on the felony charge, Ross could spend up to four years in prison.

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