Supreme Court to hear wrongful death case

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear the wrongful death lawsuit a family has filed against two 911 operators after they delayed sending help to a caller.

In 2006, a then 5 year-old boy called 911 after his mother had collapsed. The first operator scolded the boy, believing it was a prank call, and did not send police. The boy then called back three hours later and a different dispatcher answered the call. She also believed it to be a prank, but sent an officer over.

By that time the boy’s 46 year-old mother had already died of a heart condition. Both dispatchers want the suit appealed, claiming their actions do not qualify as gross negligence.