NC sheriff: Call about dead child, mom held captive in home was a hoax

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) – Brunswick County residents were concerned, and asking if there was a shooting or a hostage situation happening in Southport Thursday night.

The sights and sounds of patrol cars and sirens, alerted many to what was believed to be a dangerous situation on West Terrace Drive in Southport.

“We finally counted 15 patrol cars and SWAT team and so forth down here,” explained Jim Collier, who lives on West Terrace Drive .

Collier said he was unable to get to his home for almost an hour because of the presence of first responders.

“Somebody apparently had called in a hoax,” Collier said. “And said there was a 2-year-old child that was dead and the mother was being held captive in the room down there.”

When police got to the alleged home, there was no one there. After calling in several agencies, and using what is now being called “unnecessary resources,” Sheriff John Ingram took to Facebook to respond to the situation.

Calling it “cruel”, and “reckless,” Ingram wrote that he is grateful that everyone involved in the situation was safe in the end.

For Collier, the situation was unusual, something he would not have expected in his calm and quiet neighborhood. Now that things are settled down, his only hope is that the person responsible for calling 9-1-1 in the first place, faces consequences.

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