Woman is charged with filing false report about abduction

Alert was given after kids were said to be missing

April 24, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A Rosedale woman who reported that her two young children were kidnapped last week - prompting activation of the state's Amber Alert system - has been charged with lying to detectives, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

When Dena Robin Hunt, 28, told police that her children, Trinitee Dendra Norris, 3, and Juan Edward Davis Jr., 2, had been abducted, she apparently did not know that such a report would trigger an Amber Alert, which uses the media and highway signs to notify the public of child abductions, police said.

Hunt went to the Essex Precinct early on the morning of April 16 and said she had spent hours looking for her former boyfriend, Juan Davis Sr., 25, whom she said had taken his son and her daughter, police said. Hunt also allegedly told police that Davis had called her, threatening that she would never see the children again.

Because police had a detailed description of Davis and the children and believed the children could be in danger and in the area, investigators said the report met the state police criteria for activating the Amber Alert system.

Police found the children at a relative of Davis' in West Baltimore about 8 a.m. April 16 and returned them to Hunt, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Davis called police after seeing one of the Amber Alert notices, and later agreed to be interviewed by detectives. Police were able to confirm that Hunt had given him the children April 13 and that he and Hunt had argued when she said she wanted them back, but he refused to return them, Vinson said.

Hunt was served with a criminal summons late Tuesday ordering her to appear in Baltimore County District Court in August on a charge of making a false report, said Vinson.

Since being inaugurated in Maryland in August, the Amber Alert system has been activated three times. All have turned out to be false reports involving custody issues.

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