Police cite mom for lying to 911 that baby was locked in car, when she just wanted help finding keys

DENVER - A Denver woman called 911 for help and got ticketed herself when police realized she only needed a locksmith.

Erica Lyle called police on Monday morning, telling the 911 dispatcher that she "locked her baby in the car and is unable to find her keys."

Two police officers and a fire truck arrived at the apartment near 37th Avenue and North Humboldt Street in minutes, but found the car, but no baby inside.

Police radio traffic from Monday morning revealed what officers quickly discovered.

"Her kids are not in the car, she just felt the need to go ahead and say that to get the fire department out here quicker," an officer radioed.

Denver Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said people shouldn't call 911 -- and divert police officers and firefighters from real emergencies -- because they're locked out of their car.

"Never call for that. If you lock your keys in your car, you have to call locksmith. We are not there to unlock your vehicle," Lopez told ABC15 affiliate news station 7NEWS.

According to the police report obtained by 7NEWS, Lyle was "going crazy because she couldn't find her keys."

Police told 7NEWS that officers have been called to that home multiple times, and that there is a note from dispatchers to send more than one officer to respond there, which is why two officers responded to this call.

"It ties up our officers," said Lopez. "Guess what happens, people that are actually needing emergency services -- now we're delayed on going to that person, just because now we're trying to help somebody that we thought needed emergency help."

Lyle is now charged with misuse of an emergency telephone, for falsely calling 911. If police were to receive another emergency call, however, they would still show up no questions asked.

"The response would not change, we would still respond," said Lopez.

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