Tucson girls could face charges for prank call

Tucson girls could face charges for prank call

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:04am

Two juvenile girls were arrested after Tucson police said they called 911 and claimed to be Isabel Celis, the 6-year-old girl who has been missing since April 21.

Prosecutors are expected to decide this week whether to file charges against two sisters who called police claiming to be a missing Tucson girl.

The 9-year-old and 11-year-old girls were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of false reporting to authorities.

Police said they received a call from a young girl claiming to be Celis at about 9 a.m. The girl told police she had been kidnapped and then hung up the phone.

The cell phone was quickly traced to the 7200 block of East Pierce Place.

More than 25 officers responded, and their investigation led them to an apartment complex at 1345 S. Kolb Rd., according to Tucson police Sgt. Chris Widmer.

Police said they made contact with an 11-year-old girl and her 9-year-old sister who admitted to making the phone call as a prank. The girls' mother was home but was unaware they had made the call.

Both girls were arrested and charged with one count of false reporting to a law enforcement agency. They were booked into the Pima County Juvenile Corrections Center. But officials said they did not meet the court's criteria for detention.

Police are still looking for Celis, who was reported missing from her parents home in April 2012.

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