Police car t-boned while responding to fake 911 call about child drowning

A 47-year-old Deltona woman who made a false report of a child drowning is facing charges after a police vehicle was t-boned while responding to the call.

On Thursday, June 8, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Ring Street in Deltona in reference to a child drowning.

According to authorities, Fabiola Robles contacted 911 around 4:30 p.m. and reported that her “next-door neighbor’s kid” was “drowning right now.” She repeated the claim as a 911 dispatcher confirmed the location and other information.

While en route to the scene, a patrol vehicle that its lights and sirens activated traveled through the intersection of Providence Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard. The patrol vehicle was t-boned by another vehicle and both deputies in the car were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of their injuries.

Additional VCSO deputies and staff from the Deltona Fire Department arrived at the scene a short time thereafter. During their search, emergency responders determined that there was no child drowning.

During an interview with the owner of the house where the drowning was alleged to have happened, a neighbor told deputies that Robles had been complaining throughout the day about the noise the children were making in the back yard.

According to police, the children had been using an inflatable water slide in the backyard and there was no pool or other body of water in the vicinity.

During questioning, Robles told police that she had not seen a child drowning. The call was then changed from a drowning to a noise complaint.

In addition to the three VCSO deputies and three Deltona Fire Department units that responded to the false drowning, multiple VCSO deputies, DFD units, Volusia County EMS, and Florida Highway Patrol units responded to the scene of the traffic accident.

Robles was arrested on Wednesday, June 14, and charged with misuse of 911. She posted bond a short time thereafter and was released later that evening.

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