UPDATE: Woman cited for false report in child endangerment investigation

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An Anchorage woman has been cited for making a false report after she told police her husband had driven away with their child after threatening to commit suicide.

The report prompted a Nixle alert message from APD Monday afternoon asking the public for help finding the father’s black 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. Officers were initially concerned that the father might harm the child, but further investigation revealed that the mother had made false statements, APD said.

“Our dispatch team, our officers, the media and the public took immediate steps to help locate a child who we believed was in danger,” wrote APD spokesman MJ Thim in a statement Tuesday morning.

It all started at around 3:30 p.m. Monday, when officers responded to reports of a “domestic situation” in the area of North Land Street and Mountain View Drive.

“When officers arrived, the wife accused her husband of taking their daughter,” Thim said. “She told officers she believed her daughter’s life was in danger because her husband was threatening suicide with a knife.”

Within minutes of issuing a public locate for the Pathfinder, a man called police and said he spotted the Pathfinder in the area of Arctic Boulevard and 46th Avenue.

“After getting the husband’s account, officers followed up with the wife who admitted to making false satements,” Thim said. “She was taken into custody and cited.”

Police have identified the woman 27-year-old Jaysielene Tuli Ah Sam. She has been cited for false report of a crime and reckless endangerment.

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