NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- The woman who phoned in a report of child abuse found herself in jail instead.
According to the Department of Children and Families, Margaret Weil has been charged with making a false report of child abuse, a third degree felony.
The arrest affidavit from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office indicates the abuse report occurred Dec. 8, and she was arrested on Feb. 11.
"We investigate allegations of abuse and neglect involving children, and we take our investigations very seriously," said DCF Northeast Regional Director Nancy Dreicer.
"If we receive a report of serious abuse or neglect, our investigators must see the children within three hours. Our goal is to see all child victims within 24 hours of the first report of abuse. Because our goal is to be highly responsive, any false reports of abuse could prevent us from seeing real abuse victims quickly and giving them the protection they need."
"We share DCF's concern regarding false reports of abuse," said Nassau County Sheriff Tommy Seagraves Jr. "Protecting children is part of protecting our community. We were shocked by these false allegations. We were also disturbed for the child who was the subject of these allegations, as well as the family that was falsely accused of abuse. No one should have to be subjected to this."
Anyone wishing to report abuse can call 800-96-ABUSE (22873).
If convicted, Weil could face up to five years in prison. She has no previous arrests on record.
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