A woman is charged with making a false report of a crime after the town of Montezuma got into an uproar over the alleged discovery of a newborn baby in a trash bin.
Police Chief Eric Finch said Alexis Boland admitted lying to police about the incident, according to a Wednesday news release.
Boland did find a doll in the trash bin behind the Subway while she was walking to work at the Dollar General Store and told investigators she thought it would be funny to tell a co-worker that she found a real baby instead.
Customers overheard the conversation and the rumor mill began, the release stated.
Officers began to receive calls on their personal phones concerning a baby being in a dumpster, Finch said in the release.
Boland panicked and initially told investigators she had called the E-911 Center and handed the baby over to two police officers in white cars with red and blue markings.
Finch said emergency dispatchers had no record of her call and local law enforcement does not have a red, white and blue color scheme on its cars.
After police consulted with the district attorney, Boland was charged with making a false statement to law enforcement, a charge that carries a penalty of one to five years in prison.
This has really caused a concern within the community, Finch said in the release. Some of our local pastors were talking about this in their church services on Sunday.