Mother’s Death Blamed on 911 Operator Error, Lawyer Says


The lawyer for a 46-year-old Detroit woman says she would still be alive if a 911 emergency dispatcher had heeded a call for help from the woman’s young son, the Detroit Free Press reports

In an appearance on the Today show Sunday, Geoffrey Fieger, the attorney for Sherrell Turner, 46, said his Turner was dying from complications of an enlarged heart when her son first called 911 in February seeking emergency assistance. The operator told the boy, Robert Turner, now 6, to bring an adult to the phone, then disregarded his call. “She hanged up on me,” Robert said, adding that when he called back later, the dispatcher told him: “You shouldn’t be playing on the phone . . . Now put her on the phone before I send the police out there to knock on the door and you going to be in trouble.”


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