MI Child Death Raises 9-1-1 Concerns

St. Clair County Central Dispatch LogoA 5 year old Port Huron, Michigan girl died in May from apparent malnutrition, but now the media is questioning how the first 9-1-1 call about the incident was handled. In the recently released call into 9-1-1 Makenzie Maison’s step mother Hillary Maison calls 9-1-1 for help when Makenzie stopped breathing. She tells the operator that Makenzie had not been eating for days, and appeared incoherent when she gave her a bath. Later in the call Hillary tells the dispatcher that her husband Andrew Maison was in another room performing CPR on Makenzie. During the call the dispatcher makes no attempts to further investigate the situation, does not provide any assistance with CPR pre-arrival instructions, and codes the call as “difficulty breathing”. Paramedics arrived on scene and immediately requested police. Both Hillary and Andrew have been charged with child neglect. The St. Clair County Central Dispatch Authority says that the center was seeing an increase in “weather related” calls and that the dispatcher may have been distracted at the time. The Authiorty further related that the dispatcher was counseled and retrained.

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