Pawtucket police charge woman in connection with missing child

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NOTE: This story was updated after police provided a correction regarding the suspect’s name.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Pawtucket police have arrested the initial reporting party in connection with a missing child case.

Police said Daniela Peraza Lemus, 22, of Central Falls, has been charged with filing a false police report. She is being held pending arraignment by a bail commissioner on Monday.

Around 12 p.m., Pawtucket police initially reported they received a call around 6:30 a.m. for a child found by a woman who was on her way home that was believed to be in the area of Exit 26 on I-95. Police have since learned that woman was Lemus.

The child, whose age is unknown at this time, was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to be evaluated as a precaution. He remains in the custody of DCYF.

The child’s parent has since been located, according to police.

A spokesperson for DCYF said they are also investigating this incident and they ask that if anyone has information they call their 24/7 Hotline 1-800-RI-CHILD.

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