Thursday, July 05, 2007

Authorities finally outwit 4-year-old who made hundreds of 911 calls

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. -- Authorities tracked down a 4-year-old girl who called 911 nearly 300 times last month by offering to deliver McDonald's to her suburban Chicago apartment complex.

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.


Kimberly Biliter said...

This story truly amazes me. I have so many questions! Did her mother not teach her that 911 is only for emergencies? I know that she is only four but I feel that my parent’s where a little more aware of what I was doing. Also, how can a deactivated phone actually call 911? If that really happens we all need to just carry around deactivated cell phones in case of emergencies.

ashley abner said...

I thought this was adorable. Kids crack me up. It is a little disappointing she wasn't taught not to dial 911 unless it was an emergency, but even more disappointing she would just give her address out to anyone who asked for it!! Hopefully this opened her parents eyes and she has now learned a few things. I cant believe they didn't bring her McDonald's though, I hate it when officials lie to get information, It would have only cost them 1$ and 5 minutes to run through the drive through :( Thats the least they could do for her corporation... she didn't know she was wrong.