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Memphis police spend hours searching for 2-year-old that was not missing

Marquis Lurry (Source: SCSO) Marquis Lurry (Source: SCSO)

Memphis police spent hours searching for a 2-year-old that was reported missing. Now, police said they have determined the child was never missing.

According to police, the initial report was that a 16-year-old drove off in a car with a 2-year-old inside without permission.

The vehicle, with the 2-year-old inside, was reportedly taken from a Texaco gas station within the 2500 block of North Watkins Street.

The person who filed the police report, Marquis Lurry, told police she was with her niece and her friend at a gas station. When she got out of the car to pump gas, her friend, Pashun Henderson, got in the driver's seat and drove off with the child still in the car.

Police searched for hours, looking for the vehicle and the child. Lurry told police she knew where Henderson lived. Police found Henderson in the 2100 block of Leyton Avenue.

Police said there was no child inside the vehicle at the time the car was taken.

“They're out trying to do their job, and they can't do it if they're out on a false call,” neighbor Morgan James said.

Police said Marquis Lurry admitted she lied about the child being in the car so that police could find her car faster.

“We have too many people that are making false claims. This is something that happens all the time,” Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams said.

"We have too many people that are making false claims," Williams said.

He said false calls/reports can be an everyday occurrence within the police department. Some citizens will use the power of the badge to achieve a desired result. He said it goes too far when large amount of time and resources are wasted on these calls. 

"You kind of threw this city into a turmoil for a little while," said Williams.

He said the arrest of Lurry is an example of what needs to happen for citizens to take responsibility of the actions tying up officers who could be used elsewhere protecting the city. 

Williams said if a citizen needs help, being honest and transparent with their request is the best way to receive that aid.

Lurry was arrested and charged with filing a false police report.

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