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Father of Child at Center of Amber Alert Made False Report: Police

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The father of a 3-year-old child at the center of an East Bay Amber Alert Saturday night has been arrested for filing a false police report, according to police.

Oakland police on Sunday said that the child wasn't actually in a car that was reported to have been carjacked Saturday night. As it turns out, the child was safe with their mother at the time.

Police said the father lied to them hoping they would find the car "quickly."

Authorities issued the Amber Alert after the carjacking was reported in Oakland.

The suspect was spotted and pursued by authorities around 11:40 p.m., before crashing the vehicle, a silver 2005 Mercedes-Benz sedan, near the intersection of Carlson Boulevard and San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito before midnight after a short chase, police said.

The suspect was arrested at the scene, but there was no one else in the car.

Police found the 3-year-old in safe condition about two hours later.

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