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Kids playing with cellphones called problematic

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 8:49 a.m. CDT; updated 2:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

BLOOMFIELD — The 911 Services administrator for Stoddard County in southeast Missouri is calling attention to a growing problem of children playing with discarded cellphones and accidentally calling 911.

The Dexter Daily Statesman reported that Carol Moreland said parents are apparently unaware that dialing random numbers from a cellphone or landline phone will eventually reach the 911 dispatch center, causing a distraction for dispatchers and emergency personnel.

Moreland said that if parents are going to give children discarded phones to play with, they need to remove both the subscriber identification module card and the battery.


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