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    Default Suit filed over boy's ignored 911 call

    Check out this link theres a video somewhere on the page
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/04/10/91...uit/index.html

    (CNN) -- A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of a 6-year-old Michigan boy whose mother died after he called 911 only to be scolded by an emergency operator for playing on the phone.

    Attorney Geoffrey Fieger said the family of Sherrill Lynn Turner, Robert Turner's mother, is seeking $1 million in damages from the city of Detroit.

    The suit names two unidentified dispatchers. Fieger said the city is not named directly as a defendant because cities are immune from suit in Michigan but are liable for the conduct of their employees.

    Fieger said Sherrill Turner would have survived if help had been sent immediately

    Robert Turner, who was 5 at the time, called 911 on February 20 and reported that his mother, who had an enlarged heart, had collapsed. (Full story)

    The boy told CNN he tried to shake her and called 911 for help when he couldn't wake her. (Watch the boy's tears as he tells what happened -- 2:02)

    He quoted a dispatcher as telling him, "Stop playing on the phone." The child called back three hours later, but it was hours after that before anyone came to his home, said Fieger.

    In a written statement, the city of Detroit asked that no one rush to judgment and promised to take disciplinary action if warranted.

    At a news conference announcing the filing of the suit, Fieger said Robert Turner's case is not the only one.

    He played another 911 tape from January 12, 2005, in which a woman who had been shot in the head by her husband called 911.

    On the tape, the operator can be heard asking the woman if she has a mental problem and then asking that the husband who shot the woman be put on the phone. Rescuers did not come until a third call was placed by the woman's son, who lives out of state.

    The woman in that case, said Fieger, lived but is paralyzed. He said the second case "indicates to the city that they have a problem that needs to be addressed."

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    Default Re: Suit filed over boy's ignored 911 call

    (Watch the boy's tears as he tells what happened -- 2:02)
    what a bunch of asshole's at cnn. why put it like that?

    911 is a joke. that operator should be fired.

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    Default Re: Suit filed over boy's ignored 911 call

    More than fired....there should be some responsiblility held in that womans death

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    the payphones at my school were taking away cause someone called the cops and said someone got shot or somethin like that

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    911 operators are supposed to be like safe-haveners... is that a word? ??? w/e ... its their duty... i say hang the bitch haha

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    I absolutely agree, I think part of the problem we have with the system is that those given the power to protect/assist us are not taking care of the situation....funny how ever issue dealing with authrotative neglect in some way refrences police...I think this case should be treated as a felony and if provin without a 100% doubt the woman should face criminal charges..and the 911 dispatch team should be responsible for a civil case

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    i double that last post... i recommend the the penalties should be carried out excessively... :thumbup:

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    Default Re: Suit filed over boy's ignored 911 call

    im with ^^ those two ^^
    i cant even get away with neglecting to pay a ticket. how is this excusible. and they said they dont plan on firing her.. wow

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