A mother was arrested and charged after she falsely reported her 3-year-old girl missing in Crystal Lake, but it later turned out the girl was never missing, police said.
Lisa N. Shader, 38, of Crystal Lake, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct making a false police report, a Class 4 felony.
The Crystal Lake Police Department received a 911 call around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday from a residence in the 0-100 block of Berkshire Lane in Crystal Lake.
The caller, identified as Shader, reported her 3-year-old girl, named Ivy, as being missing, according to Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski.
Numerous officers, detectives and search canines were sent to the scene as part of the investigation.
Shader reported to police that the girl was last seen in the area of Berkshire Lane and Somerset Lane when she went missing.
Around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers developed information that the child was not actually missing as previously reported.
The child was located safe and unharmed at a separate Crystal Lake residence with an acquaintance of the mother, Kotlowski said.
Kotlowski said that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) recommended the child be turned over to her father.
Shader was arrested and transported to the McHenry County jail where she remains held pending a bond court hearing. It is unclear why the woman reported her child missing.
“Crystal Lake Police are thankful for all the assistance provided by other public safety groups as well as from the community. This case remains an active investigation,” the Crystal Lake Police Department said in a statement Wednesday evening.