Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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January 2, 2013

Baby found in dumpster a hoax

MONTEZUMA — A Montezuma woman has been charged with making false statements to law enforcement. Over the New Year holiday calls flooded the Montezuma Police Department about a baby being found in a dumpster. The callers were asking if a newborn baby covered in plastic  had been found. The

woman, Alexis Boland, 21, allegedly looked into the dumpster behind a Subway Restaurant and “notice the baby,” according to a statement from Montezuma Police Chief Eric Finch. Allegedly, Boland called the E-911 Center and reported that she found a baby in the dumpster, however, Finch stated that the E-911 Center had received no such report.

Quickly rumors spread throughout the community and police officers began  receiving calls on their personal phones concerning a baby being in a dumpster. “Our officers were instructed to check all the dumpsters in town, and they found a baby doll in the Subway dumpster,” said Finch.

Officers of the Montezuma Police Department started researching where these rumors were coming from and made contact with Boland, who said  she had found the baby in the dumpster.

During the interview, Boland said she was walking to work to  Dollar General when she heard a baby girl crying in a dumpster behind Subway. Boland went on to say that she then contacted the E-911 Center and reported that she had found the baby. She stated that she gave the baby to two cops who were riding in a white patrol car with red and blue markings.

In the press release Chief Finch stated, "We knew something was wrong at this time because none of the patrol units within our County are white with red and blue markings and there were no report where anyone had contacted first responders; nor, had a baby been brought by the local hospital"

The Montezuma Police Department received a break in the case when a family member contacted Corporal Chris Parker and stated that Boland wanted to speak with him. Boland was read her Miranda Rights and interviewed by Corporal Parker. She told Parker she actually found a baby doll in the dumpster at Subway and she thought it would be funny to playa joke on a co-worker. According to Boland’s statements, a few customers overheard her tell the story to the co-worker and they carried the story out into the public. Boland stated that she realized how bad it was when the officer came to interview her. She panicked during the interview, which is why she didn't come forward with the truth.

"I contacted the District Attorney’s Office and was advised to charge Boland with making a false statement to law enforcement which carries one to five years of imprisonment.” Finch said. He added that the incident caused  concern in the community and some local pastors addressed the incident in  their church Sunday.”

 

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