In Columbus, Ohio, a woman reported her car stolen and falsified an amber alert.
22-year-old Jessica Prickett was warming up her car when it was stolen. She called the police to report the crime and added that her 4-year-old daughter was in the car too.
An Amber Alert was issued all through Ohio and on every social media platform. Once that happened the car was found immediately, but with no girl in the car.
Turns out, Prickett's daughter was fine and at a relative's house. Columbus Police Sergeant Terry McConnell says, “Information that she gave detectives was that she wanted them to find her car faster.” He said in an interview. He later called the decision selfish. Pickett is being charged with misdemeanor falsification and was issued a summons to appear in court. McConnell did not know if Pickett would be required to re-pay any tax payer dollars used in the search for daughter.