Mother in trouble for toddler's multiple 911 calls

POSTED: Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 4:04pm

An Astoria mother faces big fines because her toddler accidentally dialed 911 a total of 16 times.

Police said if this had been a one-time mistake, they would not have cited Jessica May, but dispatchers said they received seven calls from her phone last Thursday and nine others before that, dating back to January.

May told KGW she was in the bathroom when her 1-year-old daughter Ayla found her phone and started playing with it.

"It was an honest mistake," May said.

Her phone was in the "locked" mode at the time, May said, but it's still possible to dial emergency numbers without unlocking it.

After the sixth call, an officer gave May a warning, but when it happened again, she was cited for abusing 911.

If convicted, she could face up to a year in prison and a $6,000 fine.

"If you're tied up on a 911 call, until that call is satisfactory, you're not going to answer another one," explained Jeff Rusiecki with Astoria Emergency Communications.

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