Some law enforcement officials say Tuesday?s 911 call was a hoax

Some law enforcement officers say Tuesday's 911 call, supposedly made by a 4-year-old girl in Paterson, was actually a hoax. The girl called police Tuesday night and told a dispatcher thather mother had been hurt, and then hung up a few minutes later. Thegirl said her name was Jessica and that she was four years old. Two different sources tell News 12 New Jersey they are now convinced the call was a prank. While the caller claimed to live at a non-existent address on Sparrow Street in Paterson, sources say they traced the call to a teenager's cell phone. They say they're trying to confirm who had possession of that phone when the call was made. The Paterson police chief, however, insists his officers are treating the call as the real thing. Assuming this is a hoax, one thing that frustrates some investigators is that this would be considered a third or fourth degree crime, one that rarely results in any jail time.

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