GRPD: False report from mom sparked Amber Alert

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a mother who reported her infant daughter missing, sparking an Amber Alert, made up the story.

Officers say the Kent County prosecutor will determine what, if any, charges 27-year-old Jennell Ross will face in connection to the Aug. 4 incident.

Grand Rapids police say Ross contacted them late Saturday evening, saying someone had stolen her vehicle with her 18-month-old daughter still inside. Officers located the vehicle a short time later, but the child was missing. That’s why Michigan State Police issued an Amber Alert around 3 a.m. Sunday.

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

Officers say they determined Ross made up the story about the stolen vehicle and her daughter’s abduction after follow-up interviews; it’s unclear why.

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

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