Police say man lied to 9-1-1 operator to get a check on mother

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A Buffalo man has been charged with lying to 9-1-1 after he couldn’t get a hold his mother in Rome, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said at 11:09 a.m. Jan. 21, they received a call to 9-1-1 from a man claiming to be with his mother on Canal Street and that she was not breathing.

Officers rushed to the scene and found the woman, and she was perfectly fine and did not know anything about the call, authorities said.

The woman did explain to officers that she had received some calls from an unknown number earlier in the day and she had ignored them, police stated.

According to police, when 20-year-old Damian L. Babcock, of Buffalo, could not get a hold of his mother, he called emergency services and lied to them about being in Rome and that his mother was not breathing.

Following an investigation, police said Babcock was charged on Monday with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an emergency.

He is scheduled to appear in City Court.

Rome Police Department spokesperson Lt. Sharon Rood said the proper way to ask the authorities to check on a person is to call 9-1-1 and request a welfare check.

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