SANTA CLARITA ( — A Santa Clarita woman faced possible jail time Tuesday for calling in a false police report after an apparent dispute with her mother-in-law, authorities said.

On Aug. 28, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call on the 23000 block of Lady Linda Lane at around 7:15 p.m., according to Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Upon their arrival, deputies found no evidence of shots fired or firearms in the residence, Cambra said.

Saugus resident Tania Pena, 56, told authorities she had a disagreement with her mother-in-law, who was slapped on the arm but did not require medical treatment, according to Cambra.

Pena was later arrested on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report, Cambra said. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The incident appeared to be a so-called “swatting” prank where individuals make false 911 calls, typically about high-profile residences or celebrities.


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