Recently in Lowville, New York a woman and her boyfriend have been charged for allowing their two-year-old daughter to use their cell phones to continuously call 911. Apparently, the toddler’s persistence in getting a hold of their phones won out, and they were unable to keep her from calling the authorities anytime she could.
Because of the seriousness of the repeated phone calls, the police have decided that the parents need to be held responsible for their child’s negligent behavior. In an effort to force the parents to take the situation seriously they were charged with obstructing governmental administration.
Matthew Martin, Village of Lowville Police Officer, when interviewed says that dispatchers reported 14 phone calls from the child in January alone. In fact, the night after getting the report from the dispatcher, another call came in from the toddler.
As of last Friday, the child had called in to 911 three more times, but fortunately has not called in since then. It appears to be increasingly important to express the seriousness of what 911 means to children today and to the detriment of these parents, they learned the hard way that letting your child get a hold of your cell phone can lead to trouble.
Attorney Patrick Donovan is a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts. Attorney Donovan is a former assistant district attorney who has appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts. Attorney Donovan has represented people charged with both felony and misdemeanor crimes. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime contact attorney Donovan for a free no obligation consultation.