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AG Nessel Issues Alert Following Facebook Post Claiming to be Official Department Information

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is clarifying a Facebook post circulating online that claims to be from the office is not from the Department of Attorney General. The post was shared last week and has received thousands of comments and shares

A reporter for reached out to the Department asking for confirmation of its authenticity.  

“To be clear, the information contained in the post did not come from the Department of Attorney General,” Nessel said. “This is a reminder that you should scrutinize posts you see on social media before sharing them to your networks.” 

The Canton Police Department also confirmed the alleged incident described in the post did not result in a report with the agency.  

The post also claims drivers can dial 1-1-2 to reach police dispatch. That is inaccurate.

Anyone who needs to reach law enforcement should dial 9-1-1.

Below is a screenshot of a portion of the post, in addition to the entire post being embedded above.

Posted by Angie Atkinson Williams on May 31 at 9:57 PM. A message from the Office of the Attorney General State of Michigan: Situation: While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car sear on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it. For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the Canton PD and they were going to check it out. But, this is what the Police advised even before they out there to check ... "There are several things to be aware of ... gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women) to stop their vehicle and get out of the car. "There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police Department where gangs are placing a car seat by the road ... with a fake baby in it ... waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby.