Greenfield Police say woman impersonated DCS worker

Police say a young mother answered her door to a woman who identified herself as "Miranda" with the Department of Child Services; but as it turns out, there isn't a woman by that name with the department.
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Police are issuing a crime alert for parents after a Hancock County mother says a woman showed up and demanded custody of the mother's two children. The woman claimed to be with the Department of Child Protective Services.

It all unfolded earlier this week in a quiet residential community right off of Indiana 9, down Douglas Street in Greenfield.

Police say a young mother answered her door to a woman who identified herself as "Miranda" with the Department of Child Services; but as it turns out, there isn't a woman by that name with the department.

April Faulkner and her one-year-old daughter Aaliyah are all smiles after the scary visit from what police call a CPS impersonator.

"She was dressed to the T, very professional in a suit jacket and her hair was in a ponytail she said her name is Miranda and she had these piercing green eyes," Faulkner said.

April says that's what stood out the most. She ended up shutting the door in her face, after trusting what she calls a mother's intuition.

"Her eyes were almost the thing that set me off and I just knew there was something not right about her," Faulkner said.

She called the department, which told her there isn't an active case against the mother of two. Neighbors describe this is a safe and quiet community.

"I'm always cautious when opening my door, but it is usually men I am more cautious off. I don't think I would have been as cautious if a woman had been knocking on my door, but I will be from now on," neighbor Christina Coe said.

Police say to always ask for identification from anyone who comes knocking, especially when they claim to be from CPS.

"The protocol is for them to always have a police officer with them, and they should always have identification indicating where they are working and who they are," said Major Derek Towle with the Greenfield Police Department.

As for April, she can't stop thinking about the "what ifs" -- especially when it comes to her four-year-old son Karson, who can't walk.

"He is on oxygen at night and has sleep apnea so what if I had given her my kids he would have died," Faulkner said.

The suspect in this case, or "Miranda," is described as a woman standing 5'5" tall with an average build and her hair in a ponytail and driving away in a white sporty car.

If you have any information yours to call the Greenfield Police Department at (317) 477-4410.