The panicked little girl who called 911 after accidentally moving the Elf on the Shelf
A 7-year-old girl from Old Bridge, New Jersey called 911 in a panic after she knocked over her Elf on the Shelf. Isabelle LaPeruta was terrified she had ruined Christmas, as she thought the elf would lose its magic after she accidentally hit it with a ball.
The police are required to visit a home if a child calls 911. Isabelle’s mother, Lynanne LaPeruta, had been upstairs taking a nap and awoke to Isabelle trying to dismiss the police from the front porch. Luckily for her, they were very understanding.
“To her, it was an emergency when she touched the elf. She’s going to ruin Christmas, so that was her emergency. In her mind, she did right, and it was fine with us.”
The 2-year-old who called 911 because she couldn’t get her pants up
The cops are always there to help, even when the emergency is fashion related. When 2-year-old Aaliyah Garrett from South Carolina needed help putting on her pants, she declared it an emergency and called 911.
Her grandfather, not knowing she had made the call, answered the door to Deputy Martha Lohnes. As he explained that there was no emergency, a half-dressed Aaliyah hopped up behind her grandfather and waved vigorously to the deputy, all the while trying to put on her pants. Deputy Lohnes sat Aaliyah down and helped her out, one leg at a time. Next, Aaliyah asked for help with her shoes. (Source)
The 5-year-old boy who crawled through the wreckage and dialed 911 after a car crash
In 2015, a brave five-year-old boy used his mom’s phone to call 911 after she was killed in a car crash alongside his big sister. Ellen Caswell, 31, was driving to the family’s home in Oneida, New York when she veered off the road and smashed into a utility pole, overturning the vehicle.
Her son, Kadyn Depasquale, managed to crawl through the wreckage to find her phone. He called his dad, and told him: “Dad, mom and sissy are dead, and I am in the woods in a bush.” The father knew his phone battery was fading so he told the boy to dial 911 to get help.
The boy told a dispatcher his mother and sister were dead, and he didn’t know exactly where he was, but police found the vehicle after Kadyn honked its horn. (Source)
The child who called 911 on his father for driving drunk
A 10-year-old boy said he feared for his life when he called 911 on his father, Owen Gilman, for driving drunk and traveling at a high rate of speed. The child also told them that he was so scared that he was considering jumping from the moving vehicle because it was a better option than crashing at the speeds that they were traveling.
Moments later the call was lost as it was being transferred to Connecticut State Police. Just after that, troopers were called to the scene of a serious two-vehicle crash in which the vehicle driven by Gilman, a 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230, rear-ended a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The collision sent the Jeep and its occupant 50 feet off the shoulder of the interstate and down an embankment where it overturned.
The 10-year-old boy and his sister were brought to a local hospital and treated for lacerations suffered in the crash. Gilman was uninjured, but was immediately arrested after failing a field sobriety test. (Source)
The 5-year-old who called 911 to report his hunger
A woman is facing charges of child neglect for leaving her 5-year-old son and 10-month-old baby alone in an apartment without any food. Darnisha Robinson’s son ended up calling 911 to request police help because he was hungry and didn’t know what to do.
A neighbor told reporters that she “watched the cops bring McDonalds to the little boys and feed them.” Police say the children had been left alone in the home for more than four hours. (Source)
The 4-year-old boy who called 911 because he couldn’t solve a math problem
A 4-year-old kid named Johnny decided to call 911 when he needed help with his math homework. Amazingly, the dispatcher helped him; the video is a must-see.
The 5-year-old who called 911 to help his mother who was in diabetic shock
In 2015, a 5-year-old Aurora boy became a superhero after calling 911 when his mother went into diabetic shock. Aydhun Byars’ mom, Tarah Gunderlock, is a Type 1 diabetic who was incoherent when he called 911 for help. There were no other adults around, but Aydhun remembered that his grandmother had taught him how to make an emergency call.
The boy told the 911 dispatcher that he didn’t know what was happening to his mother. “She’s sleeping, and she opens her eyes, but she never answers me,” he told the dispatcher.
He didn’t know his address, so the 911 dispatcher traced the call and paramedics were soon on their way. Dialing a phone doesn’t come easy for Aydhun — he has arthrogryposis and clubbed hands and feet, his mom said.
The woman who was charged with neglect after her 1-year-old called 911
A Woodbridge woman is facing a child neglect charge after the 1-year-old girl she left home alone called 911. Police came to the home to investigate a 911 call. When they arrived, they found the front door open and a small child alone in the home.
Police say Felicita Ortiz Sorto, a relative of the child, returned to the home a short time later. Sorto was charged with abandonment of an infant. (Source)
The child who called 911 on his mom after not being allowed Oreos
A disgruntled child called 911 after his mother refused to give him Oreo cookies.
Police thought they were responding to a domestic violence call when the 7-year-old boy said his mother threw a knife at him. “Cathy is throwing stuff at my face, and I almost died, and she threw a knife at me,” the boy told the dispatcher. The dispatcher asked for Cathy’s age and wanted to know her relation to the boy. “She’s my birth mom,” the he answered. The dispatcher then told him a police officer was going to come by.
When officers arrived, they found no signs of abuse. They discovered that the boy called the police on his mother when she refused to give him any more Oreo cookies. They then talked to him about the importance of dialing 911. (Source)
The mother who was arrested after her child called 911 to report an overflowing toilet
A child called 911 to report an overflowing toilet. As a result, that child’s mother was arrested.
Prosecutors say the mother locked two young children inside a home in New Salisbury and was on a job working more than 100 miles away in Indianapolis.
“Harrison County 911, what is your emergency?” a dispatcher asked.
“Um, can you please contact my mom because…um…the toilet is broken and it’s flooding—it’s leaking out everywhere!” the child said.
“I am 9 years old with my twin brother,” the boy explained. “And are you by yourself?” the dispatcher asked. “Where’s your parents?” the dispatcher asked. “My dad doesn’t live here, and my mom is at work, all the way in Indianapolis,” the child told the dispatcher.
Schalk says after breaking into the home through a window, what emergency crews found was pretty disturbing. “Once they were inside, they were able to see numerous hazards including space heaters that were plugged in,” he said. If convicted, the mother faces six months to three years in prison.