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Couple charged after toddler calls 911 15 times

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:08 a.m. HST, Feb 04, 2014

LOWVILLE, N.Y. >> Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman's 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to dial 911 a total of 15 times last month.

Village of Lowville Police Officer Matthew Martin says the 23-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend told him they tried to keep their phones away from the persistent toddler, but the girl kept getting them and dialing 911.

Martin spoke to the couple Wednesday after Lewis County 911 dispatchers reported that a child had called 14 times in January. Martin says the child called 911 a 15th time later that night.

He charged the couple the next day with obstructing governmental administration.

Martin says the girl called 911 three more times Friday but hasn't made an emergency call since then.

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Grimbold wrote:
This inept parenting couple should be fined and charged for each 911 visit.
on February 4,2014 | 06:16AM
nitpikker wrote:
irresponsible adults. how hard can it be to keep a cellphone away from a 2 yr. old? hit 'em in the wallet where they'll feel it.
on February 4,2014 | 06:19AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Apparently the kid is smarter than her parents.
on February 4,2014 | 06:38AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
The kid was trying to report a bad marriage.
on February 4,2014 | 07:41AM
lee1957 wrote:
Mom should be slapped and sterilized.
on February 4,2014 | 10:40AM
awahana wrote:
A vasectomy is in order.
on February 4,2014 | 10:46AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Per the article, the police talked to the couple after the fourteenth 911 call. Why didn't they respond to the first thriteen 911 calls before? Did the police respond to those calls? And why not?
on February 4,2014 | 10:51AM
Kealii wrote:
Could be because the dispatchers realized it was just a toddler playing on the phone. Maybe she was talking story with them. But still, no action until the 14th call? I guess better late than never.
on February 4,2014 | 12:32PM
OK, lets just ask. After what number call would YOU think to respond? Would it be the 2nd, 3rd, 4th.......Just curious since you are so determined to know.
on February 4,2014 | 12:37PM
mrluke wrote:
The story never said that the police DIDN'T respond to the calls.
on February 4,2014 | 02:24PM
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