Police: Man falsely reports drowning days after teen's death

HARTFORD — Police have arrested a Connecticut man who falsely reported a drowning in Hartford only days after a teenager died in a city pool.

Authorities say 34-year-old Jermiah Grant called 911 to report a child drowning Monday afternoon to gauge emergency response times. A witness told police Grant wanted to test if authorities would respond to the city's "poor black community."

Grant was charged with falsely reporting an incident, interfering with police and breach of peace. He is represented by the public defender's office, which did not immediately return a message Wednesday. He's detained on $30,000 bail.

Police say Grant made another false call five weeks ago about an armed burglary at his house.

Sixteen-year-old Jaevon Whyte drowned last week after sneaking into a city pool after hours with friends.



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