APD: Wife falsely reported endangered child Monday
The woman who reported her daughter taken from an Anchorage home Monday, leading to a police alert that the child was endangered, faces charges of falsely reporting the incident.
Jaysielene Tuli Ah Sam, 27, was cited on charges of making a false report and reckless endangerment, police spokesman MJ Thim said in a statement. Police had originally responded to a domestic disturbance, near North Lane Street and Mountain View Drive, just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.
"When officers arrived, [Sam] accused the husband of taking their daughter," Thim said. "She told officers she thought her daughter’s life was in danger because he was threatening suicide with a knife, and thought he was going to harm her daughter."
The husband and child had left the home in a black Nissan Pathfinder, which was spotted by a resident and reported to police near the 4600 block of Bering Street. Neither of the occupants were hurt, however, and after speaking with them police confronted Sam, who "admitted to making false statements."
"Abusing and taking advantage of 911 is wrong," Thim wrote. "Our dispatch team, our officers, the media and the public took immediate steps to help locate a child who we believed was in danger. Thank you to all. The power of 911 should never be abused."