Unbeknownst to her mother, the girl used a deactivated cell phone to call dispatchers 287 times in June -- sometimes as often as 20 times a shift.
Dispatchers on the other end heard the child's voice but could only track the phone's signal to an apartment complex. So authorities used a ruse to solve the mystery.
"We asked (the caller) what she wanted. She said she wanted McDonald's," said Steve Cordes, executive director of QuadCom's emergency center, which covers Carpentersville, Dundee and surrounding areas. "We talked with her and we convinced her if she told us where she lives, we would bring her McDonald's," he said.
"She finally gave us her address. So we sent the police over, with no McDonald's."
This from the Chicago Tribune.