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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — Police say a North Texas woman falsely reported that her car had been stolen with her 10-month-old baby inside so that officers would more quickly hunt down her missing vehicle.

Grand Prairie police say an Amber Alert was issued after Margarita Levrie contacted authorities about the theft. Officers later determined her car had been stolen but that no child was inside. Police say Levrie doesn’t have a 10-month-old child.

She was jailed and charged with making a false police. The Amber Alert on Saturday was cancelled.

Police believe Levrie made up the story in the hope that authorities would more quickly track her missing car. Her car hasn’t been recovered.

Police Chief Steve Dye says he won’t tolerate erroneous spending of money and resources or diverting resources from people who really need them.

Grand Prairie between Dallas and Fort Worth.