Isabel Celis is still missing, and judging by the 500 pages of documents released by the TPD, she probably isn't alive either. Nonetheless, that isn't stopping ill-mannered children from pulling pranks in the name of this tragic disappearance. An 11-year-old girl and her 9-year-old companion were arrested last week after they pulled a horrible prank regarding the missing 6-year-old child. They could also be facing charges.
The identities of the juveniles aren't being released for obvious reasons, but the two girls called police pretending to be the missing 6-year-old child. Last Sunday the TPD received a 911 call from a young female claiming to be Isabel Celis. The child said she had been kidnapped and then hung up on the 911 operator. This horribly mean-spirited prank ended in the police arresting the two childrenÂ—which hopefully taught them one helluva lesson.
The two young girls may be charged with counts of false reporting to law enforcement, which would be highly deserving. However, these charges should be doled out with careful consideration as to whether or not the children have offended before. It would be horrible to give these two girls criminal records over what they perceived as nothing more than a childish prank. This is a serious crime case, so they do need to learn a lesson. But has that lesson already been learned in the form of an actual arrest with the booking procedure?
Kids make prank calls all the time, but when you purposely prank call pretending to be a kidnapped and possibly murdered child, you're crossing the line. It's evident that these shortsighted youngsters are either being raised entirely wrong or have absolutely no regard for just how serious the disappearance of a little girl is.
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