Toddler Calls 911 Sixteen Times; Mom Could Go to Prison
Jessica May, an Astoria, Oregon mom, may end up paying a hefty price for letting her toddler play with her phone. Jessica’s one-year-old daughter apparently has a penchant for playing with mommy’s phone and calling 911. This has happened one too many times and the local police department has issued Jessica May a citation.
In fact, the toddler has done it 16 times in 2013 alone; nine times in January and 7 times last Thursday. In case you are wondering, no not one of those calls was for an actual emergency. The toddler simply likes to play with mommy’s phone, like many kids do and somehow always accidentally calls 911.
Most of us have accidentally called someone before; a rogue butt dial or our kid has called someone back accidentally. It’s embarrassing for sure but when you accidentally call 911 you are tying up the line and someone’s life could depend on getting through to dispatch.
The Astoria police have repeatedly warned Jessica May to keep the phone out of her daughter’s reach but still the false 911 calls are continuing. Frustrated and probably a little annoyed with Ms. May, after this last onslaught of calls in one day, the officers issued a citation for abusing 911. If she is convicted she could face up to a year in prison and $6000 fine.
Ms. May says she was in the bathroom when the toddler last accessed her phone and made the 7 calls in one day. It sounds like a bunch of excuses to me and why was a one-year-old left alone unattended? I still don’t get to pee in peace and my kids are 5 and 7. I would never leave a toddler alone in another room.
Maybe Ms. May should simply consider keeping her phone out of her toddler’s reach and maybe trying to explain to her that playing with mommy’s phone is a no-no. I think the citation was completely warranted. If it only happened once, that would be an understandable accident but the fact that it keeps happening shows a lack of respect for the 911 system, the time of the officers who have to respond and lack of care for the people who actually need 911’s help.
Do you think this mom should be held accountable for her toddler’s misuse of 911?
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