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Police: Schenectady woman locked keys in car, then lied about presence of child for faster police response

Police: Schenectady woman locked keys in car, then lied about presence of child for faster police response

Police: Schenectady woman locked keys in car, then lied about presence of child for faster police response
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SCHENECTADY - A city woman called police dispatchers Saturday evening to report a child locked in her car, when no child was locked in her car, police said.

In actuality, she'd only locked her keys in the vehicle and made the claim to get a faster response, according to police allegations filed in court.

Police identified the woman as Shontay Wright, 36, of Chrisler Avenue, and she now faces one count of falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, along with misdemeanor resisting arrest.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday at her residence on Chrisler Avenue, according to the police allegations.

She reported "her car keys were locked in her car and a child was inside," police allege in the charging documents. 

Police responded within minutes, police said, and soon discovered no child was in danger.

"Upon further investigation it was found the defendant did not have a child locked in her car but said she did to get emergency services faster because she locked her keys in her car," police wrote in the charging documents.

When told she was under arrest on the charge of falsely reporting, Wright refused to place her hands behind her back and continued to pull her arms away, police allege. She was taken into custody after a brief struggle, police wrote.

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