Apr 11, 2013 6:53 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - When police get a call saying a child has been abducted they respond right away and use all the man power possible to get to the bottom of the case.
"We take all of those claims very very seriously and all of the resources that we have available will divert and go and try to handle that really really quickly," said Police Chief Floyd Simpson.
Because of all the diverted man power, it leaves other community members at risk.
"While we were all responding to that, there were many things left undone that we had a delayed response to," said Chief Simpson.
So when a call like a false abduction pulls officers off legitimate calls... Chief Simpson says it's frustrating.
"It bothers me that a significant amount of our resources were expended on something that turned out to be false," said Chief Simpson.
This trend of reporting a false kidnapping is a problem all around the nation. After a quick Google search I was able to find false kidnapping from this month in Nebraska, California, and Louisiana.
"When you make these false claims it paints a picture we don't want painted," said Chief Simpson.
So to ensure this trend stops in Corpus Christi and our residents don't get the wrong picture painted, Chief Simpson says he is not going to let the two girls from Wednesday's false abduction get away with their actions. The Corpus Christi Police Department is in talks with the District Attorney to charge the girls with filing a false police report. He also wants their families to pay back the city for resources spent on the false claim.
Police are encouraging parents to let their kids know that reporting crimes that never happened will not be tolerated.