Officials say false Amber Alert hurts its credibility

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids woman is facing prison after she allegedly claimed her baby had been stolen, leading to an early morning Amber Alert.

It is ultimately up to the Michigan State Police to decide whether an Amber Alert is issued, and they are criticized for being too slow to issue alerts and for being too quick to send them.

But in this case, police say this mother repeatedly lied about her 18-month-old daughter being stolen, they stand by the decision and say the false report should result in criminal charges.

The Amber Alert woke people throughout West Michigan at 3:21 a.m. on Sunday morning.

“At that point, we’re not questioning it, this is a mother that can’t find her baby and says that a stranger drove off with her in the car in the back seat and they found the vehicle and the car seat was empty,” said Michigan State Police Det. Sgt. Sarah Krebs, the state Amber Alert coordinator and recognized globally as an expert in missing persons.

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