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Suit filed in case of child's 911 call mistakenly judged a hoax

(Southfield, Michigan-AP) April 10, 2006 - A 911 dispatcher thought five-year-old Robert Turner was "playing on the phone" when in reality his mom was dying.

And now, the family of the late Sherrill Turner has filed suit against the city of Detroit, asking more than a million dollars and claiming the dispatcher was reckless to dismiss the child's plea for help.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says the little boy placed the call, just as he'd been taught, when his mother collapsed.

Authorities arrived hours later, after the boy's second call, but by that time Robert's mother was dead.

Two unnamed dispatchers are listed in the suit, but Fieger says the city is liable. The attorney says the mother had an enlarged heart, but contends she would have survived if help had been sent immediately.

Posted 2:22pm by Bryce Mursch

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