The first time it happened, on April 1, the young couple thought it must be an April Fool’s joke.
Several Elizabethtown Police officers appeared at the door around 10 p.m. to check on them and their baby — asleep in her crib — following an anonymous report the couple, one of them holding the girl, had engaged in a drunken fight outside.
Corey Chaney, 25, and April Rodgers, 23, who are engaged, were dumbfounded, having spent a quiet evening at home having dinner with friends.
“We asked if it was an April Fool’s joke,” Chaney said. “Then we realized it was serious.”
Even worse, it was the first of a series of such calls — all false and all late at night, repeatedly sending police and state social workers to the couple’s Elizabethown apartment, disrupting their lives and leaving them panicked that the state might try to take their baby.