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Non-Emergency 911
A Salt Lake City, Nev., toddler playing with a disconnected cell phone made over 200 calls to 911 in ten days until authorities were finally able to track down the source of the calls. Apparently, the parents gave the old cell phone to their child to use as a toy (similar toddler with cell phone pictured). Unfortunately, the out-of-service phones can still call 911 and, since they are out of service, are almost impossible to locate. It took hours for emergency operators working with officers to locate the phone. No charges were filed, but a warning to parents to remove batteries from disconnected phones before they are used as toys was issued.
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