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Man charged with false reports about endangered infant

July 23. 2013 12:24PM

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WILKES-BARRE - A city man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he called several calls to 911 saying a baby was in distress and needed help.

Police allege Keith Gilroy, 55, was intoxicated when he called 911 twice on Monday and once just after midnight Tuesday claiming a baby was in danger. Gilroy identified himself as Joe Miller and told police his address was on Orchard Street in Wilkes-Barre.

When an officer arrived at the Orchard Street residence at 12:11 a.m., Gilroy stumbled outside.

The officer asked Gilroy to speak with Joe Miller in which Gilroy laughed saying, “That was me man,” according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Gilroy nearly fell twice and appeared to be unable to care for a lit cigarette allowing it to burn down between his fingers, the complaint says.

Gilroy told police he had “concerns” due to a visit at the residence by police and a child caseworker Monday afternoon.

Police said no baby was found inside the residence.

Gilroy was charged with false alarm to a public safety agency and public drunkenness. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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