Police in Paterson determine mystery 9-1-1 call was a hoax

(09/25/04) PATERSON - On Saturday, Paterson police determined the 9-1-1 call that had them searching for a 4-year-old girl named Jessica earlier this week was a hoax.

The 9-1-1 dispatcher, Yolanda Williams, received a call Tuesday from what sounded like a little girl saying her mother was not breathing. But the Paterson address the caller gave, 150 Sparrow Street, did not exist. Police spent days going door-to-door looking for Jessica, but now they say she never existed.

With the help of several cell phone companies, police were able to track the call to Irvington, where it appears no one was hurt. The call was made on a prepaid cell phone that was not in service for two years. The phone's owner was a military woman in Louisiana, but police say she did not make the call. She left the phone with her 19-year-old sister in Irvington, and cops describe the sister as uncooperative. Police cannot prove the 19-year-old made the 9-1-1 call, but that part of the investigation is still ongoing.

Whoever is responsible for the prank could be charged with falsifying a police report. That is a third-degree offense carrying a maximum of five years behind bars.Click

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