2 women arrested in hoax emergency call case in Hutchinson

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax emergency call that led police to order a man from a Hutchinson garage at gunpoint while he held a 3-month-old baby amid a custody dispute.

The Hutchinson News reports that 20-year-old Tatum Watkins and 22-year-old Chassity Nicholson were arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of making a false call for emergency services.

An affidavit read Thursday during their first appearance says police surrounded the garage after receiving a call that an armed man had battered two family members and didn't want to return to prison. No one was hurt before or during the call.

A judge found probable cause for the women's arrest and ordered them to reappear next week. No charges were immediately filed.

Watkins is awaiting sentencing for stabbing another man in the back with a butter knife in January. She pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. 

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