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    Default Child dials 911 287 times on old cell

    CARPENTERSVILLE -- Emergency dispatchers heard a child's voice, but couldn't tell where the call was being made from.

    At times, 15 to 20 calls came during a shift. Then they stopped for a week.

    By the end of last month, a 4-year-old had called QuadCom's emergency center 287 times using a deactivated cell phone, according to executive director Steve Cordes.


    When the girl was finally located, she said she wanted McDonald's. She gave out her address after the center promised to fill her order.
    Instead, it sent the police.

    The child's mother didn't know the phone could still make 911 calls. Because the phone was deactivated, no return phone number or other information turned up on the center's computers.

    Under Federal Communications Commission regulations, deactivated phones still must have access to 911.

    Cordes says parents should be careful if they give children old cell phones to play with.

    "If I hold the number 9 key down, it says 'calling emergency,' " he demonstrated.

    There have been other cases in which a child calls 911 and fakes distress noises. But even if an emergency call sounds suspicious, dispatchers must take the time to determine if there is a real emergency, Cordes said.

    "You don't know if it's a real call," he said. "You also have to stop and take the 911 dispatchers away from handling bona fide emergency calls."
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    Am I the only one who thinks that a four year old has no business playing with a cell phone?
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    Wow...lol. As a 4-yr. old, she was simply doing what she learned in pre-K (most likely). Furthermore, it was probably very innocent since she knew this was a "play phone". In pre-K, children learn and practice how to dial 9-1-1 (in an emergency---and yes, they are taught what does and does NOT consitute an emergency) and their own phone numbers (and practice extensively on play phones). While i'm sure this was a real headache for dispatchers, I'm finding it kinda cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks that a four year old has no business playing with a cell phone?
    A real cell phone, absolutely. However, a lot of people give their old phones that have been deactivated to children to play with. I had several in my classroom (with the batteries taken out, however, which was the one mistake the mother made) for children to practice dialing with.
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